Ghanaian boxer Samuel Takyi has been rewarded with $30,000 and a car for winning the country’s only medal at the 2020 Olympic Games held in Tokyo.
President Nana Akufo-Addo announced the reward when the 20-year-old and members of Team Ghana paid a courtesy call on him at the Jubilee House House on Friday.
Takyi will, however, receive $10,000 in cash as $20,000 will be put in a career development fund for him.
Also, the President said that the 13 other athletes who represented Ghana will get $5,000 each in appreciation for their efforts.
“For the first time ever, a Ghanaian athlete, Samuel Takyi, was selected to represent Africa at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games,
For the first time in the history of the 4th Republic, Ghana won a medal at the Olympics.
“Out of the 52 African countries that participated at the Olympics, Ghana placed 10th on the continent.
“This should spur us on to even greater heights in future competitions.
“On behalf of the people of Ghana, a say a big hearty ayekoo to all of you. You made the country proud,” President Akufo-Addo said.
Ghana sent 14 athletes to the games and returned with a bronze medal won by Samuel Takyi in the men’s boxing featherweight division.
The medal is Ghana’s first at the Olympics since 1992.