The President of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), Prof. Francis Dodoo, has said he is optimistic 800m runner Martha Bissah will run faster than her current time adding ‘‘ I wish her well’’.
The budding athlete earned the Most Outstanding Track Athlete honors at the MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, winning two more gold medals, in addition to two from earlier in the week as the Spartan women placed fourth at the meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.
The 2014 youth Olympic Gold champion, has been performing creditably well for her school Norfolk State University and the GAA President told the GNA Sports Bissah, will perform better.
It is recalled that, the GAA handed an indefinite suspension to Bissah, for indiscipline and bringing the name of the association into disrepute and barred her from competing in GAA-sanctioned events, as well as represent the nation at any international athletics competition.
The GAA President who doubles as the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) President, described Bissah as a talented athlete and urged her to focus and concentrate on her education and sport to excel.
He said ‘‘she is doing well and running well and other athletes too are doing quite well this season. She always got the talent and what she did in 2014 proved that.
I wish her well. More grease to her elbow. She ran well this season and hopefully she will run faster than her time.
“When Martha left Ghana, the statement I made was that, I was very happy she’s been able to go because of the ‘wahala’ she was in here.
“She was between two factions. So to me, I thought once she got out, she will get the freedom to focus and concentrate on what matters in life and for somebody her age, the two things that she needs to focus on is her education and her sport and I think that the opportunity offered her has been good.
“Martha has got the talent and hopefully, the people who helped her with the school did well to place her in a school with a coach for the event she is competing in’’.
Bissah in her favourite 800m clocked a time of 2:11.04 to win. She also ran the anchor leg on the Spartans’ fourth-place 4×400 meter relay team that won its heat.