Consistent with its policy of leveraging Olympic Solidarity Movement funding for scholarships to Ghanaian sports men and women, the Ghana Olympic Committee has been aiding the development of Ghanaian athletes since its establishment.
The most recent beneficiaries of the athlete development scholarships included four 12 elite national athletes. The beneficiaries included the Commonwealth Games judo and boxing bronze medalists Razak Mumuni Abugiri and Abdul Wahid Omar; the athletics quartet of Flings Joyner Owusu-Agyapong, Mathilde Boateng, Robert Martey and Tim Abeyie who competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as helping Team Athletics to equal Ghana’s record haul of medals at the African Athletics Championships in Marrakech, Morocco.
The list also had 2014 Commonwealth Games participants: judoka Sandra Szogedi, badminton player Daniel Sam, the boxing duo of Sulemanu Tetteh and Jesse Lartey, and the US Open Taekwondo Championships participants David Koney Adjetey and Terrance Tetteh Asare.
In 2013, the GOC through the Olympic Solidarity spent an estimated $50,000.00 on four prospective national junior athletes to prepare them for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. The amount covered travelling costs, accommodation and other allowances.
The athletes included two swimmers, Kwaku Addo and Ophelia Swayne, weightlifter Juliana Arko and Abram Ayittey, a badminton player.
The scholarships provided a timely boost for the athletes as it enabled them participate in some major competitions before the Youth Olympics such as the African Weightlifting Championships in Morocco and the African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana.
In addition to that, the GOC through the Olympic Solidarity secured funding to host a Beach Volleyball tourney which was won by the national Youth Beach Volleyball team, leading them to qualify to the Youth Olympics in 2014.