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Sports Authority Boss Fired Over Visa Scandal

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President Akufo-Addo, has suspended the Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Hon. Kwadwo Baah Agyeman following the Commonwealth Games visa scandal.

The decision was taken following preliminary investigations conducted into the circumstances that led to the arrest of some 50 Ghanaians who had attempted to enter Australia by false pretense for the ongoing Games, just as in the case of the suspended Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide; and the acting Director General of the National Sports Authority, Hon. Robert Sarfo Mensah.

According to a statement signed and issued by the Director of Communication at the Jubilee House, Eugene Arhin, “the decision was communicated to the Board Chair by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, following the absence from the jurisdiction of the President, who is attending the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, United Kingdom.”

The three officials, together with the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah; and the Chef-de-Maison for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mr Mohammed Sahnoon, have been asked to assist the Criminal Investigations Department of the Police Service in the ongoing investigations into the matter.

It is recalled that some 50 Ghanaians, who posed as journalists, were deported from Australia after they had travelled with 72 athletes to the Commonwealth games.

According to Australian authorities, they were not convinced by their reasons for traveling to the country. Even though they had genuine visas, many of them did not carry equipment like recorders and recommended mobile phones for coverage.

By: Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum

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