President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced a $30,000 package for the Ghanaian bronze medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games, Samuel Takyi, for his sterling performance.
The $30,000 package, in addition to a car, comprise $10,000 in cash and $20,000 to be put in a career development fund for him.
The President announced the package when the Ghanaian contingent for the Tokyo Olympic Games paid a courtesy call on him at the Jubilee House, Accra, on Friday.
President Akufo-Addo said in addition to Samuel Takyi’s package, each member of the country’s 14-athlete contingent would receive $5,000 for their efforts at the games.
For the first time, a Ghanaian athlete, Samuel Takyi, was selected to represent Africa at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games.
Out of the 52 African countries that participated in the Olympics, Ghana placed 10thon the continent.
That, the President said, “should spur us on to even greater heights in future competitions.”
Samuel Takyi’s bronze medal in the boxing featherweight division is Ghana’s first medal since 1992, which has ended a 49-year wait for an individual medal at the multi-sport event.
Team Ghana’s 4x100m relay team also set a national record to book a spot in the finals, while Joseph Paul Amoah ran the fastest 200m time of any Ghanaian athlete at the games.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD