Investigations conducted by MyNewsGh.com has revealed that the Ministry of Youth and Sports is not indebted to Ghana’s best Heptathlete, Margaret Simpson as she claimed.
According to a source that spoke on grounds of strict anonymity, Margaret Simpson has no record to prove that the Ministry owed her as claimed in the interview she granted a week ago.
“She doesn’t have any proof. It is alleged to have happened under NDC. We have asked her to engage and show some evidence but nothing has come up. The issue is this, it is not about emotion and propaganda. The Minister has confirmed to me he engaged her But the government does not make commitments based on hearsay”, the source revealed.
She has competed for Ghana for twenty years beginning in 1998 as a Junior Athlete, won a bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and then won the heptathlon gold medal at the 2002 African Championships in Athletics
Records indicate she won 6 Gold Medals and two bronze for Ghana and twice voted SWAG’s female athlete of the year in 2003 and 2004, as well as the Sports Personality of the Year in 2003.
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In 2013, she announced her decision switch nationality to Mauritius, alluding the lack of welfare by the state towards athletes as one of the main reasons behind her decision to quit Ghana. Later that year, she again claimed interest by Italy to naturalize her but she rejected the offer
Simpson was persuaded by the then Deputy Sports Minister Joseph Yammin to rescind her decision but she has constantly complained about the neglect by authorities.
According to her, she was promised $5,000 by the Sports Ministry for winning the gold medal at the African Championships in Benin in 2012, the money has since not been paid.
MyNewsGh.com checks at the Sports Ministry indicate that, there are no such records of owing her per our interaction with an official.
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