By Edna A. Quansah, GNA
Accra, Aug. 15,
GNA – The former Chairman of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) George
Lutterodt says he remains confident that Youth Olympics Gold medalist Martha
Bissah would excel and make Ghana proud despite the challenges she went
Bissah has not
represented Ghana at any competition after winning the gold medal in 2014 in
Nanjing, China, when she was slapped with an indefinite suspension some few
months later by the GAA for misbehavior.
However, in a
latest development, the former GAA Chairman has secured a full scholarship at
the Norfolk State University in Virginia, USA worth USD 320, 000 annually for
Martha, which includes accommodation, tuition fees and feeding.
Mr. Lutterodt said
he believes Martha still has the qualities to be a World Champion, adding that,
the University has noted her talent as a potential World Champion material and
are poised to aid the athlete achieve that feat.
He told the GNA
Sports that ‘‘Martha will make herself proud. She has not been able to run for
Ghana for the past two years because of all these wrong perceptions that she’s
disrespectful and moving with the wrong people, which affected her performance
but i believe in a year or two, we will see a new Martha.’’
Lutterodt, the GAA nearly ruined the athlete’s career with the indefinite
suspension and poor treatment, “Martha has suffered a lot and now they want to
talk about her welfare, two years after winning the medal. It sounds pretty odd
“She has gone
through a lot. They nearly ruined her career by treating the athlete’s case
poorly and slapping her with an indefinite suspension, preventing her from
Bissah is set to
travel to the USA soon to revive her athletics career.