Mustapha Ussif, Minister of Youth and Sports, says the Ministry intends to build on the encouraging success of the recently concluded Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Tokyo Olympics, with 14 athletes representing Ghana in four disciplines, marked the country’s most successful Olympics since the Fourth Republic.
Boxer Ernest Takyi ended Ghana’s Olympic medal drought that had lasted since 1992, while Ghana’s 4×100 relay team qualified for the finals with a new national record, and new national records were also set in weightlifting and swimming.
Mustapha Ussif, speaking during the Olympic Team’s visit to President Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House on Friday, stated that Ghana will build on its remarkable achievement and prepare well for upcoming games.
The Sports Minister stated that he has already begun discussions with partners to assist Ghana’s preparations for upcoming competitions, particularly the 2023 Africa Games, which Ghana will host.
“Your Excellency, during my brief stay in Tokyo with the team, I had the opportunity to meet with the heads of various International sports Federations to solicit their support for the 2023 African Games in Accra,” Mustapha Ussif said.
“We want to not only stage the most successful African Games ever, but we also want to build on Team Ghana’s impressive performance at the Tokyo Olympics by doing much better at the African Games in 2023.”
But, first and foremost, Ghana will compete in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year, and the Sports Minister stated that the Ministry will collaborate with stakeholders so that preparations can begin in earnest.
President Akufo-Addo expressed his delight at the team’s performance, particularly in winning Ghana’s first Olympic medal in the Fourth Republic.
The President announced a $5,000 US Dollar reward package for each athlete. The President announced that the state will reward boxer Takyi, who won bronze, with $10,000 cash, a car, and another $20,000 to be invested in his career development and preparations for future competitions.