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Delhi: Team South Africa will be expecting Olympic silver medallist Khotso Mokoena to join the team here after the SASCOC chief medical officer, Dr Shuaib Manjra, on Wednesday cleared the long jumper.

Mokoena had ruled himself a doubtful starter owing to injury, but following testing and a thorough de-brief from medical staff, SASCOC gave the athlete the green light despite recent reports that suggested he wouldn’t be fit to compete.

The news came barely 24 hours after women’s 800m world champion Caster Semenya had been withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games by SASCOC, after an MRI scan revealed injury to her lower back that could have been aggravated by taking part here.

However, the other talking point of the day was the decision to withdraw Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the men’s 800m world champion, leaving two of track and field’s big guns injured back in South Africa.

ÔÇ£With Mokoena we find no reason that he can’t compete at the highest level here at the Commonwealth Games,ÔÇØ said Dr Manjra. ÔÇ£There have been media reports that he hasn’t been able to train for eight weeks and would be unfit for competition, but we have evidence which says otherwise. We feel that Mokoena is fit enough to come to Delhi and he will be injury-free and able to go for gold, which is what we expect of an athlete of his calibre,ÔÇØ added the chief medical officer.

ÔÇ£In Mulaudzi’s case we did extensive testing on him and found abnormalities. We therefore have decided to withdraw him from the squad,ÔÇØ said Dr Manjra.

The remaining members of Team South Africa will continue to arrive in Delhi with the next big batch of fresh faces being the track and field athletes and the swimming team. 

Yesterday, Team South Africa was officially welcomed into the athletes village by the mayor at a ceremony well attended. After weeks of speculation over conditions, hygiene, security and general readiness though, this was a clear indication that come Sunday, the Commonwealth Games 2010 will be up and running.


7 comments
Francois J
Francois J

sorry, I forgot to say. there is no money attached to Commonwealth Games as in Olympics but we know Olympics has more honour. but if this was a once off meeting and there was $1m for 1st $750000 for 2nd and $500000 for 3rd in the long jump do you think Khotso (cleared as not being injured by SASCOC) would still stay at home? of course not. he would take his chance at the money. but he wouldn't do that for his country.

Francois J
Francois J

Khotso says he has not trained but why should SASCOC take that at face value. surely they have every right to see first hand what is the situation and not just media reports and hear say. SASCOC are in charge of the team and they asked Khotso to go to India where he would be assessed. he refused to get on the plane. did he collect his CG kit though and then refuse? I find his attitude disappointing. he didn't want to be in India and that's no problem but then he must just man up to say he didn't want to be there and not behind a "I havent trained" or "I have an injury but I'm not saying where it is"

Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

Just an update Pieter...Now we hear from Khotso directly that he has not trained for a while and SASCOC want him to go to India so they can take a final decision on whether he is fit to compete or not. Passing a medical is one thing, being ready for an International competition where you need to be at your absolute best is another thing altogether... I am now getting angry because the Administrator Sam has taken some poor decisions in the recent weeks by leaving top athletes behind but to now push an athlete who says he is not ready is really shocking. Khotso will most likely be among his top medal contenders for his 12 in 2012 which is why he should make sure that Khotso who has proven himself as a medal taker is being subjected to such mistrust instead of making sure that he has the best recovery and receives the best possible support in getting back on the road to 2012. Maybe I'm wrong..I don't know but this guy has a serious lack of knowledge about sport. He should change his advisers and find people who know the sport.

Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

In a previous article and in most media reports as well as television reports indicate that he has an ankle injury. And to make matters worse he has reportedly still got some soft scar tissue so he won't risk it by competing at the Commonwealth. I am not angry just shocked that our sport is run by someone like Gideon who leaves behind an Olympic finalist like Juan van Deventer who has proven that he can perform, Maniyonga who is already world class, Cornel Fredericks who would easily make Jamaica's team if he was a Jamaican but he is not good enough to make the South AFrican Team, Hardus Pienaar who is the current Number 1 in the commonwealth and we just stand by and accept SASCOC's decision to leave behind these World class athletes. I am not talking about athletes going for experience I am talking about top athletes so Ja I am shocked but not angry. But I think that the athletes should be angry because people who know little about the sport are taking decisions that affect their future. Cheers Pieter

Pieter Vermaak
Pieter Vermaak

Track enthusiast. you have a lot of anger bro!! where does it refer to his ankle? I'm confused, I can't see that part. you say he has an injury but can't say where and SASCOC say he is fine to go to games?

Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

Lies. Khotso himself said his injury is not on his ankle but elsewhere. I cannot mention the nature of his injury publicly it is for him to divulge but Khotso is definitely out of the team to the games. Gideon Sam and Richard Stander should not have left young Luvo out of the team especially because he is only 4cm behind Khotso. These guys don't know what they are doing. I am so happy Stander is going back to Boland for good. They must keep him there. He must go and destroy Boland athletics and leave ASA to grow. Khotso we wish you a speedy recovery

Pieter Vermaak
Pieter Vermaak

this is indeed good news!! hopefully a gold medal. pity about Caster and Mbu but now its up to Khotso to do it. show us what you're made of!!