Margaret Simpson, Ghana’s award-winning heptathlete, has opened up on her plight following exploits for the country some years ago.
In a wide-ranging interview with DS Sports and spotted by YEN.com.gh, Margaret Simpson narrated how life after raising the flag of Ghana high had become unbearable.
According to her, all her efforts to retrieve monies owed her for her services to the state have proved futile.
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She revealed that she was owed some $5,000 for winning a gold medal for the country.
Margaret Simpson, while speaking in the interview, broke down into tears in demand her unpaid allowances to be given to her by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
She indicated that she had personally called the minster for youth and sports who spoke to her nicely and put her plight before him. According to her, the minister acknowledged receipt of her request.
Margaret Simpson said she was so hard up for cash that she had resorted to selling cooking oil to support her family.
She said she carried her wares on her head and went to town to sell them. Margaret Simpson said sometimes she had to take money from her boss just to have enough to cater for her family.
In reacting to the question on whether she was not backed financially by her husband, she said that the man she lived with had done more than enough to support their family.
Margaret Simpson said her mother was bedridden and she needed a lot of attention and money to ensure that she was nursed back to life.
She said she had followed up on getting her money countless times and added that she was not the only athlete who was 'chasing' money owed her.
Margaret Simpson placed fourth at the 1999 All-Africa Games. She was the junior champion at the 1999 African Junior Athletics Championships
She was selected for the heptathlon at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics and placed 13th overall. She won a bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and then won the heptathlon gold medal at the 2002 African Championships in Athletics. In 2004, Simpson became African Champion for a second time and followed this result with a ninth place at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Margaret Simpson reached the global podium for the first time at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, taking third place with the second best performance of her career. She won a gold medal at the 2007 All-Africa Games.
In 2010, she was back to good form at the African Championships in Athletics, where she won a third heptathlon title . She also managed eighth in the high jump in the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup.
She won the 2011 edition of the Multistars meeting in Desenzano del Garda with a score of 6270 points, defeating the 2010 champion Marina Goncharova. She was fourteenth at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and won a third straight title at the 2011 All-Africa Games. She won the African Combined Events Championships in both 2011 and 2012.
She withdrew from the heptathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics due to a kidney infection.
In a career spanning almost 2 decades, Margaret has won countless laurels for Ghana, both locally and internationally.
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