Ghana’s disappointing outing at the Commonwealth Games reached a new height on Day 9 when the country’s 4×100 men’s relay team failed to turn up for the heats.
The country officially entered the likes of Atsu NYAMADI, Emmanuel DASOR (pulled out injured before Games) Joseph AMOAH, Martin OWUSU-ANTWI, Sarfo ANSAH and Sean SAFO-ANTWI as the men to vie for a medal in the relay event.
However, Ghana made no representation in Round 1 of the heats they were scheduled to honour in the early hours of Friday.
Starrsportsgh.com is unable to readily confirm the reason(s) for the no show by the 4×100 relay team but reports late Thursday night from the Team Ghana camp indicated there were threats of a looming boycott by athletes who are yet to complete their events.
The reasons for the growing internal murmurings has to do with unpaid per diem. Team Ghana athletes are reportedly owed $400 in per diem at the games in Gold Coast.
In an audio tape available to starrsportsgh.com, Team Ghana captain and para athlete Botsyo Nkegbe is heard in an address to his colleagues accusing an officials of taking per diem due him/her at the expense of the athletes.
“If we don’t receive our money, we are not leaving [for Ghana]…,” he added while receiving the affirmation from his colleagues.
Boasting he can win bronze in the Men’s T54 Marathon Final on Sunday, Botsyo also said “they [Ghana] should forget it” once he does not receive his entitlement.
With two days to end the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games, Ghana at her 16th outing, has no medal yet.