Former Ghana national athlete, Margaret Simpson has denied photo making rounds on social media which sought to portray her selling palm oil, but has admitted she sells sunflower oil to make a living.
Social media was awash with photos of the 2012 African Championship Gold Medalist on Tuesday, after she granted an interview on Angel FM saying she had been forced to sell palm oil for a living.
Among the photos was one of a woman pouring palm oil from a yellow gallon, giving the impression it was Margaret.
But she told Citi Sports in an interview the picture was not of her.
“That photo is not me. The interview was done at the stadium and there was no point where I poured palm oil for them to take a picture,” she began.
“In any case, I don’t sell palm oil. I sell sunflower oil so that could not possibly be me,” she said.
Simpson also claims the Ministry of Youth and Sports owes her $5000 in promised competition bonuses from the 2012 African Championships in Porto Novo, Benin where she won a gold medal in the women’s javelin throw event.
She wants government to pay up so she can take care of her sick mother.
“They promised the money before the competition but after we won, they never paid up. My mother is really sick at the moment and she requires at least two visits to the hospital every week. I need that money so I can take care of her.
“I have called the sports minister [Isaac Asiamah] and even sent a letter. He said they were working on it, but that was months ago and still nothing. I’m pleading with them to pay my money,” she told Citi Sports.
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