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New Delhi: South Africa’s Olympic sports governing body, SASCOC, has taken a dim view of star long jumper Khotso Mokoena’s non-arrival here for the Commonwealth Games and will be fully investigating the circumstances around his no-show.

In a strong statement released on Friday night, the SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy said the body ÔÇ£finds Mokoena’s attitude defiant, and it’s seen in a serious light.

ÔÇ£The athlete was cleared by the chief medical doctor, Dr Shuaib Manjra, and asked to come to New Delhi but refused to board the plane (carrying the country’s track and field athletes on Thursday night from Johannesburg).

ÔÇ£The matter will be dealt with on our return to South Africa but we find the behaviour unacceptable,ÔÇØ Reddy added.

The track and field team arrived here on Friday, along with SASCOC president Gideon Sam, but Mokoena and the national sprint champion, Simon Magakwe, were not amongst those arrivals.

ÔÇ£We have also noted the no-show of Magakwe, and as we had not been aware of any injury, and therefore declared fit by our medical team, we will also be investigating why he did not arrive,ÔÇØ a clearly chastened Reddy concluded.


23 comments
athlete fan
athlete fan

i know the people who are against mokoena might think we are being baised but i hate to say this SASCOC and ASA are being un proffessional i mean the poor athlete was injured and according to sport science an athlete should gradually start from where he left off so people atop slaaming mokoena pls..he's gonna be back soon lets just be paitent

athlete fan
athlete fan

i agree with you man this is absolutely inappropriate honsetly these people are not looking after their athletes indeed. what kind of an impression are you people( ASA AND SASCOC) giving the young and up coming athletes? Honestly do something about this before its too late ATHLETES ARE FED UP!

athlete fan
athlete fan

leave G-man alone excuse my language but ASA is CRAP!!! THAT IS WHY MOST YOUNGSTERS ARE HEADING OVERSEAS FOR A BETTER ATHLETICS FUTURE! YOU PEOPLE ARE FORGETTING THAT CROCODILE MOKOENA SAVED SOUTH AFRICA FROM EMBARSSMENT TWO YEARS AGO AT THE OLYMPICS AND YOU STILL HAVE THE ODASITY TO SLAM HIM!! SASCOC PULL UP YOUR SOCKS PAY ATHLETES WE ARE FED UP MAN!! I MEAN HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU SEND 11 TRACK ATHLETES TO THE CWG I DONT BLAME MOKOENA AND SIMON!!! ENOUGH SAID!!

Clive
Clive

You know the sport well track enthusiast. I am sure if you dig deep you will find some interesting stories behind the SASCOC/ASA saga. Make them sweat - they are taking the public and the sportsman for granted.

Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

Well I must say if you have qualified Olympic A standard and you were left out and are not even on a SASCOC support program then you are wasting your time. As patriotic as you are if I had the opportunity to go and represent another country I would too. Like Allister Cragg who left South Africa and now represents Ireland. He has gone on to beat some of the greats including the unstoppable Bekele! Will we not see a series of excuses where they tell us that they are sticking by their guns and that they have done well. Gideon is arrogant and he will stand his ground on this. The athletes must speak out that they were not informed of the criteria change!

One of the athletes who qualified
One of the athletes who qualified

I am one of the athletes who qualified for the CWG and was not selected to go. I qualified with an Olympic A standard an was still not selected. How many South Africans achieved the A standard in their events this year and how many of those will likely be ready to go to the olympics in 2012? We missed out on a huge opportunity to gain experiences at a major champs. If this is SASCOC's selection criteria then not only must we run the A standard but we will also have to be ranked in the top 4 in the WORLD to make the team in 2012? so if I'm ranked 7 the in the world I'm not good enough to makes South Africa's team. How many of our top guys are that good? My question to SASCOC is how many athletes do you plan on sending to London. If things don't change our top athletes will be forced to run for other countries which will be a tragedy. I don't want to jump ship but will if it means that I have a fair chance at making a team. It has been my dream to compete for South Africa as long as I can remember and I have done my country proud. SASCOC the games are not about MEDALS it's about the representing your country with pride and dignity!!!! HOW many at SASCOC have represented South Africa? How many of them have won medals? I hope someone wakes up soon before athletics in South Africa is destroyed!!

athletics fan
athletics fan

I can`t agree with you more concerned parent, no wonder more and more junior athletes are seriously considering giving up on athletics in SA - please give the junior athletes a chance big occasions like the CG only come around every 4 years !! What do the other countries think of SA only sending so few track and field athletes to the games.

Concerned Parent
Concerned Parent

I feel they should have had junior athletes on standby and chosen them to join the team in Delhi - a lot of them qualified but were not chosen. We have some very talented Juniors - even if it was just for the experience our juniors are the future!!

athletics fan
athletics fan

Only 6 track and field athletes representing SA at the CG an absolute embarresment, shame and disgrace.Now we really have the `small`team that SASCOC wanted in the first place.

Road Mogul
Road Mogul

All I can say is that SASCOC messed up big time! When they didn't select the athletes who deserve to go, we simply didn't get a proper response, even though the complaints were the most in the history of this site. Now that their plan backfired, they want to punish athletes. In fact, the athletes should have boycotted this trip. The problem with mr Sam anc co. is that they don't want to listen to other people. I once again say, they need Leonard Chuene.... Just a pity he is being investigated. The amount of officials taken to the games in relation to participants are shocking. If you watched the opening ceremony, the presenters said that this event is about bringing numbers in order to prepare for the olympics. Small teams dont do justice to the development of a sports code. Send lots of youngsters and prepare them for the olympics by giving them such experience.

Athlete
Athlete

Clive you've said it like it is... Thanks

Dopper Kruger
Dopper Kruger

Eleven athletes sent on the fact that they are in the top 4.Only seven still going strong;they were at African Championship meeting and competing in Split.What is the moral off the story?One must qualify to compete.Sorry for the 23/29 who qualified. Did you see who are in New Dehli? Mr Sam,Mr Reddy,Mr Preller,who else ? Mr Mali/Mr Stander? But no Hardus Pienaar. In 2006 our athletes bring back 14 medals,In 2010 we can win 7 medals=7 athletes? See you in Dehli.

Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

Oh and just to add. If Khotso is accused of pulling out because there was no money incentive at the cg don't you think he would have competed at the IAAF Continental cup during September. The prize-money there was fantastic. Something 30 000 US dollars for a win and prize-money down to 8th place. So why would he have pulled out of that unless he was really injured? So before we continue talking of faking injuries consider the fact he had to withdraw from the African Continental Team due to the same injury. Did SASCOC and ASA not monitor his progress and check in on their medal hopeful? So its true the there is a mafia running our sport and you will do as they say or else! I just want to state that I am genuinely not angry but just giving my view

Clever option
Clever option

And so SASCOC plans to destroy another medalist. Caster is still suffering. She cannot even sponsours. Kghotso made the right choice. Is SASCOC the Olympic body of South Africa or the KGB? Good for you Kghotso. Good for you.

Clive
Clive

You guys have it all wrong. Why will an Olympic medalist be accused of not being patriotic. Athletes dont earn much money so staying healthy and free from injury is important to them.

Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

@Francois - I have no information on Simon. Last I know he did some meets in Europe before and after the IAAF Continental Cup and he was fit so I cannot account for Simon. We will know in the next day or two but I suspect a communication breakdown. As far as what I think about the whole thing - Khotso has said that he has not trained for the last two months. Testing ones hamstring (oops - I'm not supposed to say that) and declaring that the hamstring is fully functional does not mean that the athlete is automatically ready to go out there and run at over 25km/h and explode over 8m in 6 to 12 attempts (prelims and finals). The Doctor has forgotten that if an athlete has recovered from an injury he would need a gradual approach to maximum effort workouts before he can be competitive. Show me an athlete that can jump 8m without training for two months!? You've got to be kidding me really. South Africans are amazing - how Khotso be a disgrace when he is telling us that he is injured and not ready to jump the 8m plus required of him without possible picking up a career threatening injury. It is claer you critics know nothing about what it takes to jump 8m. It's a wonder that Africa as a continent only has five 8m long Jumpers of which the top two are from South Africa- did you consider that? So let's stop being ignorant and first understand the sport. We have the quality but we just dont have the administrators to manage them properly. Khotso may have been guilty of not communicating with SASCOC and he must account for that if so but I do not understand why SASCOC or the public for that matter are making a meal of this- if he is excluded from future teams despite having represented South Africa honourably at every other major international championship previously, he is the caliber of athlete that will still receive invitations to the Diamond leagues and other major IAAF Grand Prix events and we will have egg on our faces once again. We have two long jumpers in South Africa that could potentially medal in India. We left one behind. SASCOC must pay the price for their arrogance in not heeding to the requests to include the other world class athletes. Sorry to repeat this one but they left out Commonwealth number 1 at the moment in Javelin for men and they left behind a 48 second hurdler both of whom would have made the teams of Jamaica, England, Australia or any other Commonwealth country if they weren't South Africans but we (SASCOC and ASA) chose to leave them at home. "Speed Guru" you are absolutely correct SASCOC and Gideon Sam in particular must swallow the bitter pill and admit he was wrong in leaving behing potential medalists in his attempt to "dominate athletics and swimming" at the Commonwealth Games. This is not about Khotso it is about looking for excuses for their poor decision Sport is unpredictable. You go in with your best and even then you've got to be well prepared as there are no gurantees. We have seen outsiders and under-gogs winning on a day where even the "unbeatable athletes" are beaten. So to say that the athletes are at fault because they are in no condition to compete due to injury or having recovered from an injury so close to the games makes me wonder whether his critics know the sport of athletics at all??? Team sports simply replace their players when they get injured but when an athlete is injured we cannot replace hi/her??? I smell a rat! Why did SASCOC include a second pool of swimmers on their announcement in August after selecting the team the previous month but athletics was told there sould be no futher inclusions??? Khotso if I were you I would clear the air and earn the respect of the public. You have represented us with homour and gave South Africa some respectability in Beijing where no other South African could deliver - what did SASCOC give you for that? ASA gave you a reward but what did SASCOC give. They gave you a photo shoot on the cover of their magazine!!! You will probably sit with the burden of the medical bills if you get injured further so my advise stick to your guns accept the "punishment" SASCOC will dish out to you and work towards the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Do your talking in the long jump pit and not the snake-pit of SASCOC!

no1 fan
no1 fan

sascoc must just deal with it, they cant force khotso to compete whilst he's injured. What good is that gonna bring if he wont do good. Sam athletes are laughing at you and your small team,you left them behind.

Athlete
Athlete

sascoc screwed up big time. PERIOD.

Bigfan
Bigfan

Ban Mokoena now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!He is a disgrace. How can he turn down the chance to represent his country. He should not compete 4 South Africa again

Bigfan
Bigfan

Ban Mokoena now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!He is a disgrace. How can he turn down the chance to represent his country. He should not compete 4 South Africa again

Speed Guru
Speed Guru

How can you guys "like the way" Tubby Reddy addresses the issue when you dont know the full story? Khotso has been injured twice this year and the second time usually means the end of a season because of the lack of training, the result being: bad performance + re-injury! The problem of the Athletics team started when the buffoons at SASCOC decided to send a small team to the CWG. The CWG is generally a competition of low standard and ideal for youngsters to go and learn - so why keep the team small? For the Olympics it would make sense but not for the CWG? The only reason SASCOC is trying to force Khotso is because they are now feeling the pressure of having selected a small team in the 1st place and have run out of most medal contending athletes.

DB Prinsloo
DB Prinsloo

What about this!! Whilst for some athletes rank 10 and better in the CW (who also qualified A category for the Olympic Games!! but not good enough for the CWG!!!) it would be a honour and priviledge to be in the team, but for some of our golden boys and girls who receive a lot of money from SASCOC it's not!! After our previous comments regarding the final selection it seems that it was somebody at ASA that scream for the top 4 issue!! haha. I also like the way Tubby Reddy adress the issue

Francois J
Francois J

the plot thickens! I'm not taking sides but I like the way Tubby Reddy is addressing the issue. why did Simon not come?? "Track enthusiast" - what are your thoughts on the whole thing cos u seem to have the detail that we dont from other blogs???