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Should Ghana Athletics Association Forgive Martha Bissah?

Martha Bissah has petitioned the Ministry of Sports and Youth to intervene and overturn her indefinite suspension given to her by the Ghana Athletics Association way back in 2016.

Wow, I don’t know where and how to start about the story of Martha Bissah.

Quite recently I wrote a story about her and investigations are ongoing about her indefinite suspension to compete again for the Ghana National Athletics Team. Should Ghana Athletics Association forgive Martha Bissah? can confirm that both parties, that’s from the management of Martha Bissah and Ghana Athletics Association doesn’t care about the future of the innocent girl.

The question is if both parties cared. Why didn’t they solve the case right there? She has now served for 6 good years. That’s very obvious and clear that the innocent girl’s future is gradually getting to an end because of some people’s selfish and greedy interest. There must be something fishy going on between these parties that the outsiders don’t know anything about it. Do you site with the analysis am making here?


Don’t you think the case goes beyond the little innocent girl?

The girl went to a radio station when she was about 16 years of age of which she didn’t go there on her own but through her management.

Her management is like fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, coaches and friends to her likewise.

Am not here to talk about what she said and what brought about everything.

All that happened was that the Ghana Athletics Association listened to the said interview and find out that she has misled the public by not telling the truth.

She was coming from the Youth Olympic Games as the Gold Medalist in the 800m dash. During that period Martha was at her peak and very difficult to beat her in any competition.

The Ghana Athletics Association said “Martha Bissah we don’t have any problem or issue with you, but what you said on the radio station didn’t go well with the association, so go and apologise to the public. The whole brouhaha and suspension came out that Martha Bissah never rendered the apology that the Ghana Athletics Association wanted. So from there the association brought out a press release and ban her indefinitely from the National Team. But per investigations and from multiply sources if even today Martha Bissah apologise the Ghana Athletics Association will reinstate her status back into the National Team Selection”.

The question is who told her not to apologise?

Yes, the management of Martha Bissah insisted that the innocent girl had done nothing wrong so she doesn’t need to apologise to the Ghana Athletics Association.

No one is perfect in this world and to err is human.


If the management of Martha Bissah taught about her future they would have immediately apologised and the innocent girl would have been freed by now.

The management of Martha found themselves very bigger than the Ghana Athletics Association of which they forgot that they were part.

They never accepted their fault and never wanted to apologise.

But they rather termed and described the whole scenario as the Ghana Athletics Association doesn’t like the innocent lady.

The general public should remember that the Ghana Athletics Association does not belong to any individual but it’s made up of you and me. That is the association is for the people of Ghana but we have elected some people to steer and manage the affairs of the association for us. No one will be there forever.

Martha Bissah was then a little girl and she was following her masters and management for directions and guidance. I think they promised the innocent lady that they will overturn the ban so she should not worry.

As a little girl, she trusted her management team to this date that is loyalty. But sometimes our leaders could fail and send us to the pit of doom.

Ghana Athletics Association is also not ready to forego the matter that Martha Bissah was a kid during that time and she was under control by her leadership.

That makes the case sad here.

So after 6 good years, now that Martha Bissah has sat down and taught of making a move. She has written a petition to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

I will say is a very great idea and good news for Ghana Athletics Association and her management as well. It seems that the girl wants both parties to sit down and resolve the issue amicably.

Martha Bissah has wasted a lot of years and now her time left to compete is limited.

She has petitioned who? The Ministry of Youth and Sports. Why the Ministry?

I don’t know who advised her to send that petition to the ministry in the first place? We are just beating about the bush always.

Martha Bissah should has contacted the Ghana Athletics Association straight away and for the past 6 years I have now come back to my senses and ready to apologise to you.

I don’t think Ghana Athletics Association will say we don’t need your apology anymore.

The management of Martha Bissah thinks that the ministry is capable of turning the suspension, yes they can intervene but can’t decide for Ghana Athletics Association. Let’s not forget that the association has its code of conduct and ethics governing each and every individual.

Ghana Athletics Association can’t also ignore the Ministry’s order to reinstate back her status to able to compete for Ghana again. Should Ghana Athletics Association forgive Martha Bissah?


Mark my words the conclusion of the matter is square one that means Ghana Athletics Association will insist on an apology from her as she was told earlier (back to the starting point).

That’s is OK the Ghana Athletics Association has agreed to accept Martha Bissah but she must first apologise to the association for what she said way back six years ago.

I had been thinking about this very long time. Why the family of Martha Bissah didn’t intervene and advise her to apologise to be able to pursue her dreams?

Does the story of Martha Bissah scares off the upcoming athletes or teaches them a very great lesson?

What is your opinion here? Was the punishment given to Martha Bissah by the Ghana Athletics Association too harsh or not?

By Sekyere Richard

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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