The Ghana Athletics Association has apologized for the disqualification of the men 4x100m quartet Commonwealth Games.
In a statement, the Ghana Athletics Association would like to first render an unqualified and heartfelt apology to the men’s 4X100m for the technical oversight that led to the disqualification of the team from the final of the 4X100m relay after comfortably placing 3rd overall in the semi-final.
Ghana Athletics Association apologizes to the many fans of Ghana Athletics around the world, and to the entire nation.
“Indeed, we are all heartbroken given that the men’s 4X100m and coaches have successfully participated in many international events over the past few years; including a 5th place global ranking 14 days ago at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon (USA).” The Ghana Athletics Association said.
𝙏𝙚𝙘𝙝𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣
The men’s 4x100m team was disqualified per World Athletics Rule TR 24.11. In short, only athletes whose names are on the final confirmation form as starters can run during the competition.
Ghana originally submitted its 4x100m final confirmation listing four (4) starters and a reserve about 14 hrs before the start of the race on August 5th.
Joseph Amoah, who was originally listed as a starter was subsequently ruled out of participating in the semi-final of the 4x100m on the morning of August 6th.
“However, in what we can only describe as an unfortunate oversight, Joseph’s withdrawal was not transmitted in time to the Technical Information Center (TIC) by our coaching crew as intended before the race.”
Ghana Athletics Association is currently engaging major stakeholders on the matter since there are valuable logistical lessons to be learned from this unfortunate outcome.
Ghana has been disqualified from Commonwealth Games men’s 4x100m final
According to reliable information available, team Ghana had been disqualified from the Commonwealth Games men’s 4x100m final after technical blunder.
It was announced that, an avoidable error has robbed Ghana of a place at Sunday’s anticipated 2022 Commonwealth Games final.
Following the disqualification, Gambia will now take the place of Ghana in the final of the Commonwealth Games 4x100m men’s race after a technical violation.
Team Ghana had, at the last minute, made a decision to rest Joseph Paul Amoah on the anchor leg. However, they did not inform race officials one hour to the race, as the rules require.
This task is supposed to be done by coaches of the team.
Viewers on TV may have noticed that just before the race, it was Amoah’s name that flashed on the screen, and not Abdul Rasheed Sameenu, who was actually on the track.
Ghana fielded Sean Safo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati, Barnabas Aggerh and Sameenu, in that order. Despite their finishing third in 39.05s, Ghana will have to watch the final from the sidelines.