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Injury blow for Rahme

African junior pole vault record holder Cheyne Rahme has withdrawn from the SA team to compete at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada from July 19-25 due to a niggling injury to his right leg.

Rahme, a 19-year-old BCom accounting student at the University of Johannesburg, holds the continental African junior record of 5.50 metres and was expected to be one of the SA team’s top medal contenders for the Canadian trip. ÔÇ£ASA wishes Rahme a speedy recovery knowing that many more international athletics opportunities await this talented athlete,ÔÇØ said ASA Administrator Ray Mali.

The SA team will fly to Toronto on July 15, which will be followed by a 6-hour bus trip across Canada to Moncton.

Meanwhile at a special ASA interim board meeting in Johannesburg on Sunday, national senior selection convenor Kaai Preller and junior selection head Raymond Julius re-motivated the selection of athletes to the national junior team, following last week’s team announcement.

This followed public concern about athletes named in the provisional squad in April, who were not a part of the final national team. Athletes considered for the final team produced qualifying performances during the window period in June.

The window period was put in place by ASA following the failure of athletes to produce best performances and medals at world championships in recent years.

ÔÇ£On behalf of ASA, I wish the SA junior team the best of luck and trust that they will bring pride to our sports-loving nation,ÔÇØ said Mali.


What a loss for South Africa - Shane - we wish you a speedy recovery and hope that you will recover to become a successful senior athlete. A poor excuse by the selectors. The truth shall soon be revealed. Shifting the "goal-post" in a developmental age group can be to the deteriment of the sport. Our 2012 and 2016 Olympics failures have found it's root cause - the lack of opportunity for youngsters to get experience at the highest level in their sport.