886 athletes cleared to benefit from YEA Sports fund as 114 await clearance

The National Sports Authority (NSA) has announced that 886 athletes have been cleared to benefit from the Youth Employment Authority (YEA) allowance package.

In addition, a total 114 athletes are yet to go through the entire vetting process of the NSA.

It will be recalled that the government of Ghana through the Youth Employment Authority announced relief packages for sportsmen and women under its ” Youth in Sports” program in May.

This initiative by the YEA is to alleviate the negative impact the coronavirus has brought to Ghanaian athletes.

Each qualified athlete would receive a monthly stipend of GHS 5000.00 beginning July for the next six months.

In a press release of the NSA on Friday, August 7 sighted by saltfmonline.com indicated that a committee had been set up by the management of NSA to vet the athletes who are eligible to benefit from the allowance.

According to the release, 1000 athletes from diverse sporting disciplines are expected to benefit from the allowance- of which 886 have gone through the processes successful with 114 yet to finalise the process.

It is noted that some applicants failed to attend the interview despite provisions being made.

Able Sports category was made up of 35 Associations who submitted athletes for consideration; and one individual skating athlete. (Skating is not duly registered with NSA, however, the athlete was considered due to his exploits at the International level.

Para Sports category was made up of 16 Associations that brought a list of athletes who have qualified for the sports allowance and the Women’s Football team made up of 16 premier clubs submitted 31 athletes each for vetting.

In all, 348 slots is made available for Able Sports, 95 for Para Sports and 443 for Women’s football clubs in the country.

Meanwhile, applicants who are already beneficiaries of various forms of institutional allowances, stipends and salaries from state agencies and corporate organizations were not considered for the package.

Below is the Press release

Source: Fidel Deke | Saltfmonline.comq

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