Former President of the Ghana Athletics Affiliation (GAA) Ambassador George Haldane Lutterodt, has known as on the Nationwide Sports activities Authority (NSA) to institute a probe into the explanation behind the disqualification of Ghana’s 4x100m relay workforce on the finals of the recently-held Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham.
In accordance with Mr Lutterodt, the athletes who had been gold medal prospects had been denied the chance to make historical past as a result of negligence of some officers and “heads should roll.”
“It is a big failure on the a part of the GAA and the management should both resign or be sacked to revive confidence into athletics,” he said in an interview with the Instances Sports activities on Wednesday.
The NSA, he mentioned, should examine and never hesitate to crack the whip on officers who had been answerable for the frustration the athletes and Ghanaians as an entire suffered.
Ghana’s 4x100m relay workforce was disqualified regardless of ending third to qualify for the finals of the Commonwealth Video games as a result of technical violation, after coaches failed to tell officers of their determination to interchange Joseph Paul Amoah with Abdul-Rasheed Saminu within the heats.
The GAA had defined they determined to relaxation Amoah to allow relaxation and put together for his 200m remaining.
Per the foundations of the race, any nation that decides to make adjustments to their workforce should accomplish that no less than one hour to the scheduled time. The technical violation, therefore, denied Ghana a spot within the finals and was changed with the Gambia.
Many athletic lovers in Ghana and past had since questioned the choice behind Group Ghana’s failure to tell organisers of their adjustments previous to the race.
Ambassador Lutterodt believed that the 4x100m workforce was denied their finest probability of successful a gold medal for the nation.
“Collectively, the GAA failed the workforce and the nation with their actions and should be held accountable by the NSA and different authorities in command of sports activities within the nation,” he said.
The disqualification, he mentioned, was as a result of incompetence on the a part of the officers and no fault of the athletes and authorities should cope with the state of affairs with seriousness.
“The worst factor you are able to do to an athlete was to fail them as a result of incompetence which may have an effect on the boldness of the athletes going ahead,” he confused.
He recalled an identical incident through the Atlanta 1996 Olympics when Ghana’s relay workforce was disqualified, and after arriving in Ghana, the Chief Coach was sacked and the GAA was consequently dissolved.
“Once we permit such issues to go on as enterprise as typical, it could have an effect on the nation going into the 2023 African Video games and different worldwide competitions,” he said.
He, nevertheless, recommended the medalists for making the nation proud on the Commonwealth Video games, including that they need to proceed working exhausting for the African Video games.
“The 5 medals confirmed that we didn’t solely make a illustration however got here dwelling with one thing which we may construct on and enhance within the African Video games and subsequent Commonwealth Video games,” he mentioned.
He additionally suggested the federal government to correctly put money into elevating younger abilities that might characterize the nation by financing college sports activities.
“There are very younger and gifted athletes inside the primary colleges throughout the nation and efforts should be made to find and nurture these abilities to win medals for the nation,” he said.
He added that nations like Nigeria and Kenya had been doing nice issues to nurture abilities which had been evident on the Commonwealth Video games and Ghana should be taught from their neighbours.
“We should return to the drafting board and get issues heading in the right direction as we did previously to make sure that Ghana returns to turn out to be a pressure to reckon with so far as sports activities is worried,” he suggested.