Were The Ghana Relay Team Aware Of The Baton Rules?

Were The Ghana Relay Team Aware Of The Baton Rules?

The Ghana Relay Teams became the most discussed issue after the World Relay Championships in Silesia, Poland. The topic that most of the Ghanaian was discussing was about their preparations towards the mega championships. Although the Ghana Relay Team performed more than expectation and it was very amazing. The Ghana’s Men Relay Team automatically qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games during their preliminary rounds and also took the third position in the finals but unfortunately they were disqualified after the race due to rule TR 24.7. There were a lot of controversies that most of the Ghanaians are talking about after this championship. Unfortunately the Ghana’s Women Relay Team didn’t qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games which sparks new allegations as it was due to lack of preparations towards the championship. Were The Ghana Relay Team Aware Of The Baton Rules.

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What does the rule TR 24.7 says. *TR* TECHNICAL RULE*

TR 24.7

THE BATON SHALL BE PASSED WITHIN THE TAKEOVER ZONE. THE PASSING OF THE BATON COMMENCES WHEN IT IS FIRST TOUCHED BY THE RECEIVING ATHLETE AND IS COMPLETED THE MOMENT IT IS IN THE HAND OF ONLY THE RECEIVING ATHLETE. IN RELATION TO THE TAKEOVER ZONE, IT IS ONLY THE POSITION OF THE BATON WHICH IS DECISIVE. PASSING OF THE BATON OUTSIDE THE TAKEOVER ZONE SHALL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.

THE JUDGEMENT

IN DETERMING THE POSITION OF THE BATON, IT IS THE WHOLE BATON WHICH MUST BE CONSIDERED.

UMPIRES MUST BE DILIGENT TO ENSURE THAT THEY OBSERVE ANY CONTACT WITH THE BATON PRIOR TO THE BATON ENTERING THE CHANGE-ZONE. IF THE OUTGOING RUNNER EVEN TOUCHES THE BATON PRIOR TO THE BATON BEING INSIDE THE ZONE, THE TEAM WILL BE SUBJECT TO DISQUALIFICATION. THEY MUST ALSO ENSURE THAT THE BATON IS ONLY IN THE HAND OF THE RECEIVING ATHLETE BEFORE IT “LEAVES” THE TAKEOVER ZONE.

* Were they brief about the rules?

* How were their preparations?

By Sekyere Richard

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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