Ghana’s Paralympic team may well miss the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Ghanaian news site, Ghanaweb has reported. The news comes after Rio’s late travel grant payments had been fully funded, but that funding may well come too late for Ghana.
The National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Ghana revealed last week that they had failed to secure funding for the team. That prompted the NPC of Ghana to appeal to investors and the public for support on Monday.
The issue of funding has already affected the Ghanian team as they fell well short of their target of 10 athletes in the team because of it. This is because the Ghana NPC could not afford to send athletes to events throughout Africa which would have helped them qualify for the Paralympic Games.
Three Ghanaians have qualified for the Paralympic Games with Alem Mumuni, Charles Narh and Yussif Amadu all qualifying. It is reported by Sports Crusader that Mumuni and Narh are currently in the United States after being sponsored personally while Amadu would rely on the NPC to get to the United States to join his team mates.
The funding of para sports in Ghana has consistently decreased, after organizations like Ghana’s NPC have failed to secure funding. Ghana has a large number of talented para athletes but have been unable to develop them toward major events like the Paralympic Games due to these funding issues.
For whatever reason Ghana has had issues with attracting sponsorship for their para athletes, seemingly more so than other African NPCs. Hopefully the funding from Rio’s Organizing Committee will free up enough money for Ghana to compete especially with two-thirds of the team having a shorter (and cheaper) trip from the United States, with just nine days to go, the world will find out if Ghana can make it to Rio shortly.