Ghanaian paralympian and wheelchair racing athlete, Botsyo Nkegbe, and compatriot, Aishetu Seidu, are set to fly out to South Africa today to participate in this year’s OCC Marathon.
As the defending champion, Botsyo’s quest to successfully defend his title was nearly in limbo following his inability to raise the needed funds for air ticket and accommodation until Opportunity International Savings and Loans Company came to his rescue.
Yesterday, the elated athlete told Daily Graphic in an interview that the support had come at an opportune time to help in his preparation towards Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and was grateful to the company for the kind gesture.
Previous contest in OCC.
Botsyo, who has previously contested six times in the OCC competition in George, South Africa, said other individuals also came to his aid so he had enough funds to cover himself and Aishetu Seidu who had previously won gold twice (2015, 2016) in the competition.
Explaining the decision by the Savings and Loan Company to come on board, Botsyo said after his triumph during last year’s competition, the company promised to support his journey towards winning an Olympic gold.
“When I won gold last year at the OCC marathon, they promised to be part of the Tokyo 2020 journey and felt it was right for me to go and defend my gold medal. So acting on their promise, they decided to support me to travel to South Africa”, Botsyo said.
This gesture, he explained, would go a long way to support his preparation for the Tokyo Games which, he said, he was ready to win gold for Ghana.
“I am very excited to be participating in this competition because I am the defending champion and I want to win gold again but, most importantly, I know participating in this competition will prepare me adequately ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games”, he noted.