2021/2022 SWAG Awards cyclist of the year winner, Anthony Boakye Dankwa Boakye of River Park Brong Ahafo has remorsefully explained his inactivity in recent National Cycling competitions.
The former defending champion of the National Cycling Championship failed to represent at the just ended competition held in Ho where a champion emerged in the person of Michael Naaba of FCG.
“I started my season very well and a day before I was to leave Sunyani to join my teammates in camp for preparations for the African Cycling Championship that was held in Accra, l was robbed by three armed men on my way home from the bank,” Anthony Boakye said.
In fact, they took all the money l cashed from the bank which was thirteen thousand Ghana Cedis (GHS13,800). And l had to also travel the next day to Accra to join my fellow cyclists to camp, which was very difficult for me,” he added.
Worse, hardly had the competition ended when Boakye also suffered a family tragedy.
“The very next day after the African continental championship race, my Auntie with whom l reside in Accra passed away. It was really huge for me to bear alone at that moment, l was in deep pain,” he revealed.
“And when l returned to my region, during one of my training workouts in preparation towards the Ghana national championship, l accidentally knocked down one old lady with my bike. l had to take her to the hospital for treatment till she got better,” Boakye intimated.
The experienced River Park Brong Ahafo rider mentioned that his absence has really affected his training and is therefore extending his utmost apology and remorse on this development to all who contributed to his success to date.
“To the Ghana Cycling Federation, my manager, my club, fans and the general public, I am deeply sorry and l apologise for letting you all down and not taking part in such an important event like this in my career,” Boakye pleaded.
“I promise to make amendments and keep focus, also to come back strong on the field,” he pledged.