Ghana's professional bodybuilders have been left to their fate ahead of the much anticipated annual multi-sport event in Johannesburg as the Ghana Sports Council (GSC) reveals it has no funds to support the team ahead of the tournament.
The participants have revealed in an interview with YEN news that they are bound not to partake of the event since they have no funds to cater for their flight and personal upkeep in South Africa. June Gadzekpo, one of the participants lamented over the development saying the team had had to fund for their past tournaments through crowd-sourcing and personal funds.
"The Sports Council revealed they had no funds for us, we had to rely on our personal funds and that of supporters and well-wishers for our flight ticket," he revealed.
The only female participant, Bambi Bamfo who made an impressive international debut by placing sixth in a keenly-contested Female Bikini Fitness category four years ago reveals the sports council had stated the funds available was meant for participants of the Olympics.
"It would have been nicer to represent the country. We have people who can really showcase Ghana in a beautiful way but for government leaving us to do ourselves ... No way!" she fumed.
The Arnold Sports Festival is an annual multisport event which celebrates numerous sporting codes is named after the legendary professional bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The flagship event is a four-day affair held every springtime in Columbus, Ohio, featuring a bodybuilding and fitness tournament and a three-day Fitness Expo.
But with the inaugural event will being held at Johannesburg Ghana's participants are most likely to lose out.