GAA unqualified apology for the disqualification of the men's 4x100m quartet

GAA unqualified apology for the disqualification of the men’s 4x100m quartet

GAA would like to first render an unqualified and heartfelt apology to the men’s 4×100m for the technical oversight that led to the disqualification of the team from the final of the 4×100m relay after comfortably placing 3rd overall in the semi-final. We also apologize to the many fans of Ghana

Athletics around the world, and to the entire nation, we extend our sincere apology. Indeed, we are all heartbroken given that the men’s 4×100m 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).

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 4×100m 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.

GAA is currently engaging major stakeholders on the matter since there are valuable logistical lessons to be learned from this unfortunate outcome.

Sincere apologies

Ghana Athletics.

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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