Captain of the weightlifting team of Ghana, Christian Amoah has bemoaned what he refers to as neglect by the nation despite winning medals for the country.
The athlete says he feels bad for being a poor state although he has made the nation proud.
He was speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Isaac Worlanyo Wallace on his preparation for the Tokyo 2021 games and the impact of the coronavirus on their activities.
According to him, weight lifters are patiently waiting for their share of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) allocation made for sportsmen and women following the outbreak of the coronavirus.
”My colleagues and I are patiently waiting for the YEA money to reflect in our accounts. That and is our only hope in these hard times because we have heard that some of our colleagues have received theirs and we hope and pray that ours comes by the end of the week.”
He stressed the need for the country to give attention to weightlifting because it is also a sport with talents making the nation proud.
He indicated they have not been treated well and some of them would not allow their children to follow their footsteps.
Christian Amoah born on July 25, 1999, the Commomwealth gold medalist is a Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) holder.
He became a member of the GWF in 2013 and participated in the Nanjing Youth Olympic Qualifier (Tunisia – 2014) where he placed fifth in the 77 kg category.
Amoah also won three silver medals in the same category at the African Youth Games (Botswana 2014) and was a member of Ghana’s weightlifting team for the All Africa Games (Congo 2015) where he placed sixth in the 85 kg category and also competed in the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championship in USA in 2015.
Amoah was also part of the Black Cranes team which qualified to the Rio Games at the African Rio Olympic Qualifier (Cameroun 2016) and placed fifth in the 85kg and went further to win gold at the IWF Youth World Championship and Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Penang, Malaysia, last year.
He was nominated by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) for the Male Weightlifter of the Year 2016 award.
By: David Adu