Sekyere Richard quizzes GAA Technical Committee - Why No Statement Prior To The Event Until The Eve Day?

Sekyere Richard quizzes GAA Technical Committee – Why No Statement Prior To The Event Until The Eve Day?

Are we sure that we are on the right channel for Athletics in Ghana to move forward? I still don’t understand why the Technical Committee of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) didn’t issue any statement prior to the event until the eve day. This seems a miracle to me as an athlete, coach, sponsor, father, organiser, fan, and journalist.

The trauma and nightmares of the athletes and coaches. The woes and damages of the organisers and sponsors. The awes of the dignitaries coming to grace the event. The disappointments of the fans.

Tamale Marathon was supposed to be held yesterday on 6th November 2021. This event was launched late in July and everyone was aware that there will be a competition coming on.

The joy was that at long last we are going to have a mega competition in the Northern sector of our country. The long-awaited dreams of the Northerners are also becoming reality and the people embraced and are ever-ready to help the event to become successful.

Registration of athletes was in place and most of the media were all aware of the event.

The initial date was scheduled for 25th September 2021 but the event was rescheduled barely 2 weeks ahead of the start.

The Ghana Athletics Association last year released a statement that states, every competition in the country that is under athletics must be authorised by them.

We can’t tell the agreement and conversation that went on between the organisers of the Tamale Marathon and the Ghana Athletics Association. Read the GAA Technical Committee of the answer here but yet to publish the organisers report.

The Technical Committee of GAA is in charge of the checking of the route and the organisation. When everything is complete before they will give them the green light to organise the event.

The Tamale Marathon posted on their Facebook official Page that the route has been certified by GAA.

The Ghana Athletics Association didn’t comment or bring out any news that either yes “we have certified their route or no we haven’t “.

After all these weeks the Technical Committee of the GAA never said anything about the event until when athletes traveled to the venue before issuing a statement that any coach or athlete who participates in the competition may be sanctioned because the event does not meet our standard and not certified by us.

So, for all these days, the Technical Committee of GAA didn’t see or hear that Tamale Marathon was coming on as planned?

So did the Technical Committee of GAA also think about the coaches and athletes who have traveled from different parts of the country while some even took 2 days on the road to compete in this event?

What about the sponsors of the event?

Are we aware of the harm created and the trauma being brought on these innocent athletes?

I don’t understand the whole scenario of the late communique from the Technical Committee of GAA to warn the coaches and athletes just on the eve of the event.


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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