2 September 2014

Ghana: President Mahama Celebrates Young Gold Medalist

press release

President John Mahama yesterday honoured 17-year old Olympic Youth Gold Medallist, Martha Bissah, at the Flagstaff House. Martha had the unique opportunity to meet the President and present her 800m gold medal, won at the just ended Olympic Youth Championship in China, to the President.

"If you have been able to start this young then the future is very bright and you are going to win more gold medals" President Mahama assured young Martha Bissah, who is the first ever Ghanaian to win gold in any Olympic event.

President Mahama congratulated the young athlete and the Ghana Athletic Association (GAA), for the honour done the country. He used the occasion to remind the Ministry of Youth and Sports to increase its investment in other sports, including athletics.

"Soccer continues to be the passion of the nation and so we disproportionately put most investment into soccer at the expense of the other sports. But consistently the other sports have shown that they are able to deliver medals in various categories, boxing, athletics and so on," he said.

The President encouraged the GAA and the Ghana Olympic Committee to ensure a consistent organisation of the GAA initiated annual Grand Prix to enable the country's local athletes have an opportunity to compete against their foreign-based and other international athletes.

"That will also go a long way to help us grow our talent," the President noted.

Martha Bissah was accompanied to the Flagstaff House by her parents, her coach, President of the GAA Professor Francis Dodoo, Secretary General of the GOC Richard Akpokavie, and officials of the GAA and GOC.

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