The Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) has presented a plaque to the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in appreciation of state’s gesture and honour done Team Ghana.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bronze medalist, Samuel Takyi made the presentation on behalf of Mr. George Lamptey, President of the federation on Friday when a section of Ghana’s team to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games paid a courtesy call at the Flagstaff House.
The visit was to show appreciation to the President for the support from the state in terms of preparation and participation at the Games and also present the sole bronze medal won by a member of Ghana’s boxing team, the Black Bombers, Samuel Takyi.
At Friday’s call, the President announced a whopping US$10,000 cash prize for the boxer and a car.
He also announced US$20,000 reward to be put into a development fund for athletes and a further US$5,000 cash rewards for members of Team Ghana.
Speaking to the Times Sports after the presentation, Mr. Lamptey said it was the GBF’s way of saying thank you to the president for the reception they have been given.
“The citation read “We sincerely appropriate your support to the Ghana Boxing Federation during the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.”
“We won only a bronze medal from the Games but the President and Ghanaians have shown massive appreciation and recognition. This has no doubt encourage us to work harder to churn out better results in subsequent events.”
He commended the Black Bombers team including the technical team led by the experienced Kwesi Ofori Asare for the good job done to break a 29-year medal drought at the Olympics; urging them to strengthen the team for upcoming events like the Africa Games in Ghana in 2023 as well as the Commonwealth and next Olympic Games scheduled for Paris in 2024.
BY ANDREW NORTEY