An executive committee member of the Ghana Athletics Association Dr Mark Dzradosi has disclosed that the State’s sense of indebtedness to Martha Bissah is the reason behind the Sport’s Minister, Ahmed Mustapha’s decision to unilaterally pick the 800m sprinter for the All African Games regardless of her inability to make the required time of 2m 04s.
The decision to elect Bissah means that the Minister has ignored 19 year old Agnes Abu who is the nation’s top ranked 800m sprinter this year after she recorded a season’s best time of 2m 06s.
Martha Bissah rose to prominence in 2014 following her exploits at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing in the 800m which earned Ghana its first ever Gold medal at any level.
A whirlwind of activities including severing ties with her mentor and long time coach Nii Odartey Lamptey has coincided with a dip in her form in the current athletics season.
Her disappointing form this year has seen her record times of 2m 08s and 2m 11s after being handed a lifeline by the Ghana Athletics Association along with other athletes who had recorded impressive times but narrowly missed the mark.
Dr Dzradosi opined that his initial interaction with the Minister indicated that the decision had been taken to show appreciation to Martha for raising high the flag of Ghana.
“From what I gather from the Minister the nation wants to send her to Congo as a way of rewarding her for what she did,that is her contribution to athletics from last year.
“That is his basis for sending her to Congo,” he told Citi Sports.