Ghana Athletics has formally confirmed that the men’s 4×100-meter relay squad will not compete in the Budapest 2023 World Athletics Championships.
James Dadzie and Joseph Paul Amoah, two members of the relay squad, suffered injuries during the 200-meter heats, which led to the decision. The injuries were rated critical and required urgent medical care.
The Ghana Athletics expressed their sincere disappointments over the circumstances in a statement obtained by 1Family Radio, emphasizing the importance of ensuring the athletes’ wellness and overall health.
“Unfortunately, two of the five athletes on the relay, James Dadzie and Joseph Paul Amoah, sustained injuries during the 200-meter heats today, August 23, 2023, that require urgent medical care,’’ parts of the statement read.
About 80 meters into the race, James Dadzie had a hamstring injury that led to a grade II tear in his left hamstring’s bicep femur muscle.
However, after running an abrupt curve in the 200 meters, Joseph Paul Amoah suddenly felt pain and a pop in the lateral front side of his right foot. A tiny fracture at the base of his right big toe was later discovered by an x-ray scan.
“In consultation with the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Mustapha Ussif, GA firmly believes that it’s in the best interest and greater good of James and Joseph’s careers to discontinue participation in the championships given the circumstances and to shift focus to support options for treatment’’ the statement continued.