The State of Senegal has taken the decision to pay the bonuses owed to the athletes, some of which date back to the African Games in Algiers 2007. The first act in the direction of redressing this 14-year-old injustice was taken yesterday, Tuesday by the Minister of Sports, Matar Bâ who himself made the announcement to the beneficiaries before the sports federations and the CNOSS.
Better late than never ! The State of Senegal, via the Sports Department, has decided to pay the athletes who have sounded the national anthem in different theaters of operations, their bonuses for victories, some of which date back to the African Games held in Algiers in 2007. A 14-year-old injustice which amounts to 520 million CFA francs. This debt concerns 1000 athletes from 25 sports federations such as athletics, basketball, boxing, canoeing and kayaking, fencing, football, checkers, judo, karate, Kung Fu, disabled sports. , handball, wrestling, swimming, pentathlon, scrabble, ball sports, rollerblading, UASSU, triathlon, taekwondo, shooting and hunting, volleyball, Vovinam and gymnastics.
Visibly happy with this decision taken by the President of the Republic, Matar Bâ maintains that “this falls within the framework of the policy of motivation of the athletes who everywhere defend the colors of Senegal”. “Sport is education, training and the promotion of mental health. Therefore, the athletes must benefit from a special treatment which is nothing more than an accompaniment of the State. Athletes are worthy ambassadors of Senegal. They deserve the support and encouragement of the State within the limits and respect for sports ethics ”, indicates the Minister of Sports.
NEVER AGAIN !
And to add, “today, we are absorbing the old premiums of more than 14 years. But, we will have to find a solution in the future so that we can no longer live in such a situation. I will ask my services to look into the development of a work plan just after the CAN. We no longer want to relive this kind of situation ”. “As a result, all the bonuses will be automatically paid in the event of victory after the competitions, but they will also be returned to the public treasury in the event of failure.
In addition, we will do everything to try to correct a certain error in the treatment of disciplines. The motivation can be in terms of medal (decoration), in kind or in cash. What matters is to do everything to ensure that our athletes are in excellent performance conditions and receive their bonuses on time, ”said Matar Bâ.
BUDGET FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS INCREASED FROM 900 MILLION TO 5 BILLION
And to continue, “this year, we fought to have more than 5 billion for the budget of the international competitions which was at 900 million. I would like to point out that this budget does not take into account the CAN. So the state is making efforts to improve the working conditions of athletes. There are also sports infrastructures that are growing all over the country. We are lucky to have a President of the Republic who loves sport and believes that it is an important sector in the development of the country. I thank the presidents of the various sports federations who are fighting despite the difficulties. My thanks and congratulations also go to the CNOSS, which is committed alongside athletes and above all supports the State in many areas, ”concluded Matar Bâ, visibly relieved.