Visa scandal for Ghana at Commonwealth Games in Australia

UnknownA huge problem for African sports is mismanagement. Stadiums are neglected. Bills go unpaid. In the end, athletes pay the price.

The latest example is the Ghanaian visa scandal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Dozens of Ghanaians claiming to be journalists tried to enter the country but were stopped by border officials, who noticed these ‘journalists’ didn’t have laptops, audio recorders, notebooks; you know, stuff journalists use.

Even worse, there’s concern that Ghanaian officials may have helped them obtain the visas.

As a result, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has suspended two high-ranking government officials in charge of sports management. In addition, he recalled from the Games several other officials, including the president of the Ghana Olympic Committee, to assist with Ghana’s criminal investigation of the matter.

The president’s action is a good start. Ghana is a rightfully proud country and the scandal is an international disgrace.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games comprises more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 Commonwealth countries and territories. The closing ceremony is Sunday, April 15.

Ghana was still looking for its first medal. In 2014, Ghana won two bronze medals (judo, boxing) at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.