Bissah turned down athletics scholarship- GAA

Wednesday 4th March , 2015 8:50 am
President Mahama with Martha Bissah at the Flagstaff House
President Mahama with Martha Bissah at the Flagstaff House

Citi Sports has gathered that Ghanaian athlete Martha Bissah refused a scholarship offered by the Ghana Athletics Association in 2014 to go to the United States to study and developed her sporting abilities.

According to the Ghana Athletics Association, Bissah was due to leave Ghana earlier this year but the process to get her to the US was not completed because the athlete decided to turn her back on the opportunity.

” The Association began the process and we tried getting Martha to buy into the idea that it was important for her to take up the opening because it would help her attain academic and sporting excellence.

However, she opted out and chose not to pursue it at this point,” said Dominic Kankam the General Secretary of the Ghana Athletics Association in an interview with Citi Sports on Tuesday.


Martha Bissah celebrating her victory in the women’s 800m event in the 2014 Nanjing Games


Kankam, however, could not state whether the decision not to travel was solely Martha’s or it was taken in consultation with her family.

The scholarship had been worked out by the GAA in 2014 and Martha was one of several athletes who were to benefit from the initiative designed to get athletes into school and give them an opportunity to better themselves both as athletes and students.

He continued to say that even though the Association was disappointed with the development but admitted that it could do nothing since Bissah’s decision was personal.

]He also mentioned some athletes who had already gone to the United States to benefit from their scholarships.

” There is nothing we can do about it and we have to respect what she is saying. We tried to help her but it did not happen. Other athletes like Solomon Afful and Mike Bruce have already left and Martha could have gone with them but she refused to do so this year.”

President John Dramani Mahama said in the State Of The Nation address on the 26th of February that Bissah was to be sent to the United States to the US on a scholarship for winning a gold medal in the women’s 800m event at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.




By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana