Martha Bissah won a gold medal at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games ©Getty Images

The Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) has lifted the ban on Youth Olympic gold medallist Martha Bissah which had been in place since 2016.

Bissah, now 24, was suspended in 2016 when she accused the GAA of extortion.

The claims were made while Bissah was working towards a scholarship to study in the United States, following winning the country's sole medal at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in China.

Bissah triumphed in the women's 800 metres.

Bissah's claims were seen as "bringing the name of the association into disrepute with false allegations," as reported by Graphic, but an apology has now been accepted.

"I wish to humbly express my sincerest apology and utmost regret for my behaviour towards the Ghana Athletics Association in general and Professor Francis Dodoo in particular sometime in 2015," wrote Bissah to GAA President Francis Dodoo, who also chairs the World Athletics Governance Commission.

"I am really sorry for my unprofessional and immature behaviour as well as my subsequent defamatory comments.

"I know my actions have damaged our working relationship and hope this broken relationship will be restored to enable us work together again.

"I assure you that I will not act in that manner again.

"Please accept my apologies."

The GAA announced that Bissah had been pardoned following an Executive Committee meeting and would be "warmly welcomed back into the athletics family in Ghana".

"GAA accepts Martha Bissah's unqualified apology; Professor Dodoo, who was present at the meeting, also indicated his acceptance of her apology in his individual capacity, and asked how GAA might help Martha attain her life goals, in the same way that the association helps its other athletes," read a GAA statement.

"Martha Bissah's suspension is lifted with immediate effect."

An intervention from director general of the National Sports Authority Peter Twumasi resulted in the Nanjing 2014 gold medallist apologising, it is claimed.