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Martha Bissah and others handed lifeline ahead of All African Games

Thursday 13th August , 2015 10:35 am
Martha Bissah won first place at the Ghana Athletics Open Championships
Martha Bissah won first place at the Ghana Athletics Open Championships

The Ghana Athletics Association has confirmed that Youth Olympic Gold Medallist Martha Bissah is still in with a chance of making it to the All African Games and the World Athletics Championships following earlier reports that she was set to miss both competitions after failing to attain the required time.

Background

Martha currently runs in the 800 and 1500m events and despite her promising exploits in the past failed to reach the benchmark of 2m 04s set by the GAA as at December 31 2014.

Her best time recorded this year after the final selection stands at 2m 08s which pales in comparison to the 2m 04s she recorded to pick up the Youth Olympic medal in Nanjin.

In the 1500m she clocked in at 4m 38s which falls short of the 4m 05s required to qualify for the competition.

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Following her climb to prominence after excelling in Nanjing ,Bissah has hogged the athletics spotlight in the past few months for all the wrong reasons due to her decision to turn down a scholarship to the United States to continue her development.

Within that same period she has parted ways with her long-time coach and mentor Isaac Nii Odamptey Lamptey after several disagreements.

Reports have emerged that Martha Bissah is currently contemplating a nationality switch due to her frustrations with the Athletics Association.

However, Citi Sports checks revealed that a final event has been scheduled to enable athletes who failed to qualify a second shot.

This is according to the Head of Communications of the Ghana Athletics Association Erasmus Kwaw.

“Just to put the record straight it is not only Martha Bissah who has not made our list for the All African Games and the World Championships.

“For all our athletes only two were able to make it to the World Championships.

“At the All African Games level there are even athletes ranked higher than Martha who could not qualify in their respective events.

Talk about the 800m Agnes Abu has run a personal best this year of 2m 06s which is higher than Martha’s 2m 08s and she still could not qualify so let’s not restrict this to Martha alone.

“Beatrice Gyaman has also failed to qualify for the 100m flat,” he told Citi Sports.

He emphasised that the final competition would serve as a lifeline for athletes who had recorded impressive times throughout the season.

“The GAA is still looking at options of possibly having one more competition locally to give those other athletes who have not qualified one last opportunity to qualify for the games.

“We are still talking to sponsors so when that is confirmed there could still be light at the end of the tunnel for these guys,” He confirmed to Citi Sports.

 

 

By: Benjamin Nketsia/citifmonline.com/Ghana


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