Martha Bissa is a Ghanaian athlete who won a gold medal in the 800-meter dash at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics, the first gold medal at any level, and any sport for her native country Ghana.
Three years later, Martha trekked 5,000 miles across the globe to attend Norfolk State. Adjusting to life far away from all she knew, would figure to be her hardest long distance run yet. But In June 2016, before embracing the scholarship, the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) announced that it had placed an indefinite ban on young athlete, Martha Bissa, ‘for indiscipline and bringing the name of the association into disrepute.’
The suspension comes as a result of Martha’s consistent accusations in the media, of the GAA demanding GHC7,000 from her to be offered the scholarship which she gained after winning the first Gold medal at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
On Tuesday 19th of June 2018, the GHANA ATHLETES ASSOCIATION had a meeting at the El wak sports stadium and during an interview with Mr.Bawa Fuseini General Secretary for the GAA, he stated, “she has made a categorically statement, we ask her either she should retract the statement or apologize that’s all”. Also Mr.Fuseini emphasized that Agnes Abu had a stunning record of 2.00.77secs, was second in Africa and number one in NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) division run, while Martha Bissa’s record was 2.03.9secs. Implying that Martha’s record was below that of the new hero’s.