Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah, President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), has called on sports federations and association, to be transparent and accountable in their financial administration, to ensure proper corporate governance.
He said most sports federations and associations have not accounted appropriately for funds sourced for them to run their activities, adding that, this practice would affect their future operations.
According to Mr Nunoo Mensah, federations like netball, bodybuilding, beach soccer, rowing and canoeing, basketball, chess and football, have still not accounted for the Association of National Olympic Committee of Africa (ANOCA) grant given to them in 2017.
“It is unbelievable. We all know what $200,000 can do for all of us, so why this attitude. I am asking the Secretary General and the Treasurer to work together on this and have it sorted out.
“This would enable us to apply for the new funding from ANOCA.
He said plans were in place to enhance the operations of the GOC and their relationship with the federations and associations.
Meanwhile, the President of Beach Soccer Ghana, Yaw Ampofo Ankrah has explained that his outfit received only GH¢4,000 and not US$40,000 suggested by the GOC.
“We have written to the GOC to confirm the amount received in 2017 as a non Olympic association support fund given to us in 2017.”
Speaking on Yfm Sports, Mr Ankrah said because beach soccer was yet to be a fully adopted and sanctioned Olympic sport, the association was only entitled to a supplementary fund.
He attributed the long delay in accounting for funds to miscommunication between the GBSA and the Ghana Olympic Committee Secretariat but added all issues regarding it have been resolved.
“I’m happy to report that this has been clarified and we are looking forward to receiving more support whenever we qualify for sports funds”.