Ghana’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist and long jumper Ignisious Gaisah will no longer represent his country of birth after completing his switch to the Dutch national team, AllSports can exclusively reveal.
The 29-year-old who sounded out his decision not to represent Ghana based on financial grounds and future opportunities last week has been handed his Dutch passport after completing documentation to compete for his newly adopted country, Holland.
The Elmina-born long jumper, who has been living in the Netherlands for over 12 years in his quit letter to the Ghana Athletics Association had said: “I hope you will take into consideration that I have always been competing for Ghana in the highlight of my career and that my decision for Dutch citizenship is based on financial grounds and future opportunities. I will of course always be Ghanaian.”
“After my track and field career, I will stay in the Netherlands and follow a course to become a coach. In the future, I hope to help Ghanaian young athletes to be the stars of the future,” said the long jumper.
After completing his switch to the Dutch Athletics team, Gaisah expressed his satisfaction via a facebook post;