The Ministry for Youth and Sports is yet to arrive at a substantive budget allocation for Team Ghana for the Tokyo Olympic Games, barely three months for the Games to begin.
This is according to the sector Minister, Honourable Mustapha Ussif in an interview with Citi FM’s morning show host, Bernard Avle.
According to first time Member of Parliament there is a committee working with the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) to draw up a budget for the competition.
“There’s an International Games Committee that’s working with the GOC to come out with a budget for the Olympics. Once the budget [is decided] we’ll make it public,” he said.
He went on to dismiss reports suggesting the Ministry had been reluctant in offering support to Ghanaian athletes.
According to him the Ministry and the NSA had given the Ghana Athletics Association $30,000 to aid their preparations ahead of the Olympics.
“I understand that we are going to participate in the Tokyo [Olympics] and the Ministry is supporting the team that is going through the qualification process. It’s not true that we just gave them GHS10,000. The Ministry is supporting them through the National Sports Authority (NSA),” he said.
“They brought a budget of $55,000 and we said the NSA and the Ministry can give them $30,000. The NSA is given them $20,000 and the Ministry is contributing $10,000 to support their qualification matches, not the tournament itself. This amount is just for the Athletics Association and we have various federations.”
The Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo later in July 2021 after it was rescheduled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.