The Ministry of Youth and Sports has refuted reports suggesting that Samuel Takyi, the 2022 Olympic bronze medalist, withdrew from Ghana’s team for the 2024 Paris Olympic qualifiers due to unresolved financial matters.
In an official statement, the ministry clarified that all outstanding payments totaling $150,000 had been settled following Takyi’s return from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The breakdown of the promised amount was detailed as follows: $100,000 was allocated for the entire team, consisting of 14 athletes and seven coaches, while the remaining $50,000 was designated for Samuel Takyi, recognizing his bronze medal achievement at the Olympics in Japan.
Of the $50,000 assigned to Takyi, $10,000 was specifically awarded for his bronze medal achievement, $20,000 was utilized for the purchase of a Nissan Sunny vehicle, and the remaining balance was intended for his personal development.
The statement emphasized that the $20,000 allocated for his development was earmarked to facilitate Takyi’s long-term growth and advancement in the sport. It was intended to establish a fund supporting his training, equipment, and other requirements essential for him to reach his full potential as a boxer.
Furthermore, the ministry clarified that $10,000 of the $20,000 intended for Takyi’s personal development would be payable to him if he presented a well-structured personal development plan.
The ministry reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to nurturing and empowering athletes who bring honor to the nation by winning medals on the international stage.
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