Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports is expected to roll out the welcome mat for the nation’s first World Champion in any discipline, David Kotei Poison, today.
The reception would follow efforts coordinated between seasoned sports journalist, Ekow Asmah, the author of the recent history book, GHANA BOXING: Celebration of our World Champion, Vol. 3, the Ghana Boxing Authority boss, Peter Zwennes, and the Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah.
It would be recalled that during a courtesy call on President Nana Addo at the Jubilee House on September 17, 2019, by a delegation of former world champions, led by the aforementioned author, His Excellency charged the sports minister to liaise with the GBA president to establish the paper trail of a plea by D. K. Poison regarding his claim of a $45, 000 state indebtedness to him, dating back to 1976.
Poison has maintained that in the immediate aftermath of his successful second defence of his WBC featherweight title against Shig Fukuyama in Tokyo, in 1976, a telex sent from the late Head of State, Gen. Kutu Acheampong, instructed that part of the boxer’s purse be used to import mackerel into the country, then enduring economic straits owed to sanctions imposed for non-servicing of foreign debt.
Today’s meeting would follow a previous one between the aforementioned author and the sports minister at the latter’s office, two weeks, ago, and the author’s subsequent coordination with the GBA president, who has since met with D. K. Poison.