Cisse Cheick Sala and Ruth Gbagbi, who respectively won gold and silver at the Rio Olympics, on 24 March 2017 received their scholarship attestations from Minister Amichia, in the presence of President Bamba Cheick Daniel of the Taekwondo Federation, the sports press and officials of the Ministry of Sports and Recreation. The scholarships, worth €100,000 euros (CFA 65 million francs) per year for each of them for 3 (three) years, are meant to help them prepare for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Amichia advised the beneficiaries to make good use of this training for future competitions and remain models for their generation. Cheick and Gbagbi undertook to again do Côte d’Ivoire proud when and wherever the need arose.
This is not the first time the nation is honouring the duo. After returning from the Olympics, both athletes and their coaches were recognised by the entire nation with gifts of villas and money. They also received medals of distinction from the Head of State.