Ghanaians Demand Equal Government Support For The Relay Team Just As For The Black Stars

Sean Safo-Antwi, Joseph Oduro Manu, Benjamin Azamati and Paul Amoah. Photo credit: Ghana Athletics

Yesterday was a good day for Ghanaian athletics.

Once again, four men made a country of 30 million citizens proud and won their hearts.

With very little state support as compared to other sporting activities, the golden quartet sprinted their way to the Olympics Games. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 will be celebrated from 23 July to 8 August 2021.

The amazing performance of Sean Safo-Antwi, Joseph Oduro Manu, Benjamin Azamati and Paul Amoah came at a time when there is a fierce debate of a supposed $25 million budget for the Black Stars.

Black Stars starting line-up against Qatar in a friendly on October 12, 2020 (image via GFA)

The money was supposedly for the national football team to prepare for AFCON 2021 and the world cup qualifiers.

When it became a conversational point, many raised issues about the huge amount of money that the government wants to spend on a team that is going into a competition where the winner of that competition gets a little fraction of that amount.

Now, with the four men actually making Ghana proud with very little support from the government, some are making the case that the proposed Black Stars financial support should be dedicated to athletics and the relay team in particular.

This relay team has enjoyed a lot of success lately.

First, with Martin Owusu-Antwi also on the team, they won gold at the 2019 All African Games – that is AFCON but for athletics.

The Ghanaian Relay Team. Credit: African Eye Report

Later that year, they lost their chance to gain automatic qualification to the Olympic Games when they came in 6th placed despite running their season’s best of 38.24 seconds.

That did not stop them and now after coming in second yesterday, they clinched that automatic qualification for the Olympic Games.

This has made many Ghanaians to call for more governmental support of the men who are grinding everyday to bring us joy on the track.

Some are even calling for a transfer of financial support from the Black Stars to athletics.

Judging by the history of athletics and football in the country, it might be difficult for any government to completely ignore the Black Stars.

However, it is time our sports men and women in the track and field sports also get the same level of support from the government.


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