Ghanaian sprinter – Joseph Paul Amoah has explained the underlying reason behind his decision to snub the 100m at the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Despite qualifying for the men’s 100m event having ran of 10.01 seconds at the 2019 NCAA Division I Championships, the 24-year-old sprint freak has taken a decision not to compete in the 100m at the Summer Olympics in Japan.

“Would be running only the 200m and 4×100 at the Olympics Folded hands,” Joseph Amoah announced via his social media page on Tuesday, June 6, 2021.

The sprinter explained why he opted to compete in the 200m and the 4x100m relays during a zoom meeting [organized by the GAA] with the press later in the day.

According to Joseph Amoah he did not take the decision in isolation, but with consultation from the coaching staff as well as the technical committee of the Ghana Athletics Association.

The sprinter noted that would need time to focus on the 200m because there’s a limited time between the 100m and the 200m events and that could distract him from fully concentrate.

Adding his voice to the matter, Professor Francis Dodoo [President of GAA] said that attempting the run both events withing a limited space of time could be a recipe for disaster for athletes because it could cause injuries to an athlete so Joseph Amoah has taken the right decision.

Joseph Amoah is a specialist in the 200 metres having ran 20.08 seconds at the 2019 NCAA Division I Championships, beating the national record over the distance previously held by three-time Olympian Emmanuel Tuffour by 0.07 seconds.