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Ghana’s heptathlete,  Margaret Simpson who won Gold at the African Championship at Porto Novo in Benin 6 years ago, is yet to receive her prize money from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, TheNewsGh.Com can report.
The sad story of Margaret is one that sends tears down the cheeks from anyone as the award-winning athlete has resorted to hawking and selling cooking oil on the streets of Ejisu in the Ashanti Region to make a living since that remains her only hope to feed the several mouths in her home.

In an interview, she granted Summer on Kumasi-based Angel FM and monitored by TheNewsGh.Com, the athlete who is married with kids, cataloged how her incessant calls to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to demand her due has proven futile.

She broke down in uncontrollable tears as she recounts her ordeal in demand of unpaid allowances by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

“I cannot steal or engage in prostitution but have to hawk and sell. My mother is bedridden and I take care of her medical bills every week. My husband has done a lot but he cannot do everything”, she said

In a teary mood, she begged “I am pleading with the Sports Ministry to pay what is due me to take care of my sick mother and  feed my kids. I know Akufo-Addo is a listening President”

In a career spanning almost 2 decades, Margaret won countless laurels for Ghana, both locally and internationally.

Margaret Simpson (born 31 December 1981 in Krapa) is a Ghanaian heptathlete. She won a bronze medal at the 2005 World Championships, setting several personal bests in the process. Her personal best is 6423 points, achieved in Götzis in May 2005.

Representing Ghana in the Women’s world championship in Nairobi 2010, she won Gold for Ghana, Gold for Ghana in the 2004 Brazzaville Heptathlon, another Gold in the 2011 Maputo Heptathlon. Just to mention a few.

A nation that does not honour its heroes is not worth dying for. Margaret deserves her remunerations. Let us keep sharing till the appropriate quarters respond to her plea.

Source: MyNewsGh.com

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