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Sports Minister hails Ghana’s Tokyo Olympic Team

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, has commended and acknowledged Ghana’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team as the best in the 4th Republic

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, has commended and acknowledged Ghana’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Team as the best in the 4th Republic.

The team, recorded impressive feats, including breaking national records in 4×100 metres relay, weightlifting and swimming, before ending the nation’s Olympic medal drought in nearly three decades.

Mr Ussif, on Friday, 20th August, led the Olympic team to the Jubilee House to meet with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The Youth and Sports Minister recounted the success story of the team in the various disciplines, and concluded by referring to their feat as “the most successful Olympic team in the 4th Republic.”

 

The team, which won a bronze medal in the Men’s Featherweight Division also chalked several successes, including Abeiku Jackson of the Swimming discipline setting a National and CANA Zone 2 record (West and Central Africa) of a 53.39s in the 100m Butterfly event, Benjamin Azamati, Joseph Amoah, Joseph Manu and Sean Sarfo-Antwi also making it to the final of the 4x100m relays for the first time since Atlanta 1996, with an impressive 38.08s national record.

The Minister also highlighted the support the Ministry of Sports provided the team, including supporting their preparations and also paying per diems and qualification bonuses promptly.

President, Nana Akufo-Addo in his speech congratulated the team for their individual and collective achievements and pledged his unflinching support towards the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year and the African Games which will be hosted in Ghana in 2023.

President Akufo-Addo announced a reward package of $5000 to each member of the team, of which three thousand dollars $3,000 will be given to them, and two thousand dollars ($2,000) invested towards their career.

For the medalist Takyi, he will receive $10,000 cash, a $20,000 investment fund toward the development of his career and a car.

 

The President in thanking the team for making the country proud also urged them to put in their best to win more medals in the coming tournaments.

Ghana’s Olympic team is currently ranked 79th out of the 206 countries competing in the Olympic Games. Ghana last won a bronze medal at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics with the U23 Men’s football team.

Takyi joins the likes of Clement Quartey, a light welterweight who won silver at Rome 1960, Eddie Blay, a bronze light-welterweight medallist at Tokyo 1964, and Prince Amartey, a bronze middle-weight medalist in Munch 1972 to make history for the country at the boxing discipline of Olympics Games.

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