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SASCOC on swimming allegations

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) on Tuesday issued a statement surrounding the media interest in 100m breaststroke gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh and his alleged illegal extra underwater kicks during his world record-breaking swim at London 2012.

Chef de mission at London 2012, Ms Patience Shikwambana, said she had spoken with the manager of the aquatic squad, Shaun Adriaanse, who is also Swimming SAs chief executive officer and she said there was no cause for alarm.

Its clear and simple. There is really no point in commenting on media reports. Suffice to say we havent been informed by [swimming governing body] Fina of anything untoward and neither have we heard anything from the International Olympic Committee.

We are disciplined members of the IOC but there has been no discussion with them on this matter. As Team South Africa were still working hard in the final week of these Olympics and there is a tremendous spirit in the camp.

As of Tuesday night, South Africa were sitting pretty on the medals tables with three golds and one silver and the promise of more to come during the week.


4 comments
Damian Roque
Damian Roque

Cameron won fair and square. Don't be foolish. Both your comments are irrelevant.

Hajo
Hajo

I am also a South African living in Europe, and expressly would not follow what Judith Leonard stated. The reason is, that one should be extremely careful following the jealousy screams of unqualified press reports, especially those of the junk press in the UK, world famous for the lies it spreads. Take it calm, there is no need for hectics and drawing someones name into the dirt, as long as there is no evidence. So far only unfounded allegations of a very very low and primitive nature.

Judith Leonard
Judith Leonard

I am a South African, married to an Irishman and living in Dublin. I have followed team South Africa at the Olympics with interest and pride but now feel ashamed. Cameron has cast a shadow on his medal, on Team South Africa's ranking position, on his fellow medallists and on what we as a country pride ourselves in standing for. It does not matter what other people are busy doing. If we come last and are clean, it is better than a tarnished gold medal. I am only taking the trouble to write because of my love for South Africa and I hope that Cameron will be reprimanded by SASCOC.

Bob Conti
Bob Conti

You have an admission of cheating. That's what is clear and simple. And yet "there is really no point in commenting." I guess for you denial is simply a river in Egypt. Unbelievable.