It is interesting how a country like Ghana is endowed with so many talents and yet we find it very difficult to make our mark in international competitions. The story was quite better some decades back especially in boxing but what has changed?
Are we not supposed to be getting better as we grow as a country instead?
Sadly, questions keep begging for answers. It is very heart-wrenching when we know the solutions to our problems as people and yet, applying those solutions is even another problem.
One of the major challenges that have hindered the development of sports in this country is the lack of proper infrastructures across the various disciplines especially the lesser-known sports.
The truth is that Ghanaians have always been hopeful and not optimistic whenever we are partaking in international activities all because of the aforementioned difficulties we are saddled with.
Award-winning Journalist, Manasseh Awuni Azure of the "Fourth Estate' has reiterated that Ghana has been able to win an Olympic medal in boxing after 50 years and it can be credited to the Bukom Boxing Arena built by John Dramani Mahama. He indicated that, if all governments had over the years had supported athletes the way they ought to and also provided infrastructures, Ghana would be boasting of more medalists. He also reiterates the fact that if all these arrangements had been in place, Samuel Takyi, Ghana's 2020 Olympic Boxing medalist would have probably returned him with gold.
He criticizes the government for "harvesting glory without sowing any seed of investment".
The practice of sports institutions always "begging" the government for monies to adequately prepare competitors could be reduced if all governments strive to build new or improve upon some of the infrastructures that already exist.
Before the 2020 Olympics, the Ghana Athletics Association raised a budget of $30,000 to prepare athletes for the all-important competition but the government only gave them $15,000 a report by Citi news and other portals.
It would interest you to know that the same government is giving Samuel Takyi a whopping $30,000 plus a vehicle. Of course, he deserves it for making Ghana proud but if the GAA had gotten the full complement of the budget, couldn't he have won gold for Ghana? It is as though the preparation of our sports teams excluding the senior national football team does not matter much to us.
Ghana is a country with talents and efforts must be made to harness these talents to the benefit of the country.
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