Samuel Takyi demands money promised by President Akuffo Addo

Ghanaian Boxer Samuel Takyi, has demanded payment of the $20,000 that President Akufo-Addo promised him before he may compete for Ghana in the 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers.

Takyi won bronze in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, becoming the first person from Ghana to win an Olympic medal after a 29-year absence.

Takyi’s achievement in Tokyo made him only the sixth medal-winning Ghanaian, assuming you count the Satellites as a single team.

President Akufo-Addo gave him a car and $30,000 as payment for his services.He received $10,000 in cash and the remaining $20,000 was to be put into his career development fund.

Now, after two years, it has come to light that the boxer wants the remaining $20,000 paid to him before he participates in the 2024 Olympic Games qualifying matches.

According to Bernard Quartey, President of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation,Takyi has been cut from the Black Bombers team for the qualifications because of his demands.

“He was also demanding the money that was pledged by the president
Secondly, he demanded that before he joined the team, he should be given an Olympic Scholarship. These are the conditions he demanded but we don’t have the power to dictate it. He is welcome to join but not with conditionalities.
Looking at the situation, the coach thought it wise that he was not prepared psychologically. We are going with this team and if someone in his weight qualifies it means we have to find another weight for him at the next qualifies.”he said as quoted by Ghana web.

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