An amount of $1.8 million has been approved as budget cost for Ghana’s participation at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Sports Ministry has confirmed to Starr Sports.
Ghana will be represented in Gold Coast, Australia by 72 athletes, 35 technical men and 12 officials from the 12 participating disciplines from April 4 to 15.
According to deputy Sports Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide, this year’s budget is far lower than what was spent at the previous event.
“The Ministry of Youth and Sports has received approval from the office of the Chief of Staff for the government of Ghana to spend about 1.8 million dollars for the 2018 Commonwealth games”
“We are taking a total of about 137 people made up of 72 athletes, technical team of about 35, medical team, federation heads of all the participating disciplines and so if you put all those together the figure is quiet high and Australia is very far,” he told Starr Sports in an interview.
“So if you compare this year’s budget to what was spent in Glasgow four years ago which was not too far, you will notice that this budget is far lower,” Hadzide added.
It will be recalled that Ghana presented 28 athletes together with 32 technical men and eight officials in eight disciplines at the last edition in Glasgow. The country’s budget for the campaign at the multi-sport event then was $2.1 million.
By Michael Nsiah Otchere