Bissah secures US sponsorship

Bissah receives the ticket from Mr. LutterodtGhana’s sole Olympic gold medalist, Martha Bissah has secured a scholarship to study in the United States.

She has been awarded a full track and field scholarship by Norfolk State University in the US worth about $32,000 per annum, according to former boss of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), George Lutterodt in a chat with the Times Sports.

The athlete left the country on Sunday to pursue the four-year degree course which would ensure her goals in education are achieved.

Mr. Lutterodt has assisted among other things the provision of air tickets for the athlete and is optimistic that the athlete would revive her carrier which has taken an unfortunate twist amidst controversies surrounding her management.

Bissah’s career looked promising after wining Ghana’s first ever Olympic gold medal at any level two years ago at a youth championship in China. It, however, took a nosedive with several issues between her management and the Ghana Athletics Federation, leading to an indefinite ban by the federation.

The athlete unfortunately was unable to make it to the All Africa Games as well as the just ended Olympic Games in Rio which many believed would have been the platform for her to prove her worth.

According to Mr. Lutterodt, it was unfortunate the teenager was exposed to such unfavourable circumstances which is not conducive as far as her development was concerned.

“We are happy she has finally left the country to gain the necessary exposure which would help in achieving her potential to the fullest”, he stated.

He called on Ghanaians to support the athlete in prayers as she sets out to develop herself and get back to the path of reviving her career.

The country, he said, has several potentials like Bissah who must be supported to win laurels for the country.

Bissah became the first Ghanaian to win an Olympic gold medal at any level after running a massive Personal Best and a new junior national record of 2:04.90 to snatch victory in the 800m final at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.

By Michael D. Abayateye

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