African Games Medalist Appeals To Government To Employ Athletes

African Games Medalist Appeals To Government To Employ Athletes

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Winifred Ntumy, three bronze medals winner at the 2019 African Games has appealed to the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA) to employ some of the nation’s sports performers so that they will still remain sports people.

Winy as she is also called who won medals in weightlifting at the last African Games in Morocco said if she is pressured, the alternative is to quit sports and find a job somewhere outside sports.

In an exclusive chat with Yours Truly, she praised the president of the Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF), Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah who doubles as the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) President for his caring nature.

According to Winy, she loves to do sports but the motivation and inspiration from the authorities is not there.

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“As a weightlifter, I have to get good nutrition and sound mind to train, but I sometimes feel sad and want to quit, but when I think of people like Ben Nunoo Mensah, they motivate me to keep on” she said.

“I do not understand why footballers in the national team are taken care of better than boxers, athletes and other sports people, If it gets worse, I have no choice than to stop and look for work elsewhere” she expressed.

Winnefred who won Ghana’s first medal at the 2019 African Games and went on to grab two more said she has to train harder to get silver or gold when the next African Games comes to Ghana in 2023, but she is seeing and feeling nothing from the government.

“It’s not easy at all, now we are only two females doing serious weightlifting, but we are not inspired at all” she added.

She expressed that until she sees the government supporting athletes; she must be deciding what to do to make ends meet.

On the Youth Employment Agency package for young sports people, she noted that it is a good initiative, but it has kept too long as the Covid-19 pandemic has affected many sportsmen and women.

She commended Yours Truly for the positive publicity and inspiration to be among the sports women in Africa, and urged other media to promote the least financed sports.

During this Covid-19 era, the 2019 Women In Sports Association (WISA) Award winner called on philanthropists and people who love sports to support the nation’s athletes.

By Sammy Heywood Okine

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