Ghana’s men’s 4x100m team has been disqualified by the organizers of the 2022 Commonwealth Games from competing in the 4x100m finals.
Team Ghana qualified for the 4x100m finals after finishing 3rd in Heat 2 with a time of 39.05s.
Sean Safo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati, Barnabas Aggerh, and Abdul Rasheed Saminu represented Ghana in the 4x100m.
Team Ghana finished the race behind Nigeria and Kenya.
However, team Ghana has been disqualified for not notifying the organisers at least an hour before swapping Joseph Paul Amoah with Abdul Rasheed Saminu, thus breaching Track Rule 24:11.
Team Ghana initially listed Joseph Paul Amoah but the Ghana Athletics Association opted to replace him with Barnabas Aggerh because Joe Paul will compete later tonight in the men’s 200m finals.
According to a report by Citi FM’s Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo, Abdul Rasheed Saminu was swapped with Joseph Paul Amoah so that the latter could concentrate on the 200m finals.
“You present a team of 5 runners for every relay – 4 starters and a reserve. Abdul Rasheed was listed as the reserve and Joe Paul as anchor leg runner as always.
“But the rule says, before you make a change to the first 4 to bring in your reserve (for whatever reason), you must notify organizers at least one hour before the race.”
“GAA made the decision to replace Joe Paul with Abdul Rasheed so the former can concentrate on the 200m final later tonight. However, they did not notify organizers of the last-minute change, violating the rule,” Fentuo posted on his Twitter page.