Retraction and apology to Prof Dodoo

We acknowledge receipt of a letter dated June 20, 2022, with the headline: ‘Demand notice to retract publications and render unqualified apology’ and the contents well noted.

We wish to state that the article (Time to stop the GAA, Martha Bissah war, published in the March 27, 2021 issue of The Spectator, as mentioned therein in your letter was triggered by interviews we had with Martha Bissah – and therefore was not done out of mischief or was calculated attempt to tarnish the image of Prof Francis Dodoo, then President of the GAA.

In our publication, we unintentionally implied complicity by Prof. Dodoo as being alleged by the athlete, leading to her indefinite ban. Bissah’s suspension was lifted after rendering an apology to the athletics federation and Prof Dodoo.

Once the young athlete – Ms Bissah herself, on November 21, 2021, apologized and retracted allegations she made against Prof Dodoo – allegations which we carried, we have no other option than to equally retract and apologize same of the said publication.

Any embarrassment that the publication may have caused the persona of Prof Dodoo, is highly regretted. – Editor

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