Ghana’s Chef-de-Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Paul Achoe is adamant the country’s journalists have been denied accreditation not because of the Australia visa scandal.
Reports were rife in the media that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had refused to grant any Ghanaian journalist because of the country’s last scandal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in which more than 60 Ghanaians were deported for entering Australia as fake journalists.
However, Achoe, speaking to Starr Sports, says he believes it is as a result of the country’s performances at the Games in recent years.
“I suspect so because our performance has not been impressive at the Olympics over years is the reason all Ghanaian journalists were denied accreditation.”
“Imagine you send six or seven athletes to the events and have over 40 officials and many journalists applying for accreditation, it doesn’t really wash.
“So it’s not about the Australia visa scandal, it just because Ghana has not been performing well at the event over the period,” Achoe added.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games is scheduled for July 24 to August 9, 2020.