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Athletes take a stand

Athletics South Africa has come under further attack — this time from athletes and clubs themselves.

This after embattled ASA president Leonard Chuene escaped censure over his handling of the Caster Semenya affair, and last week stayed in charge after a meeting in Kempton Park.

The Sport24 website reports that top current and former athletes are meeting about the matter in Pretoria on Saturday and no ASA officials will be allowed at the meeting.

A Johannesburg athletics club is also planning a motion of no-confidence against Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) as the union’s representatives did not have a mandate from the clubs to support Chuene. CGA is the biggest athletics province in the country.

Former Commonwealth Games silver medallist Geraldine Pillay is one of the organisers of the meeting. She took the gloves off on Tuesday and called on athletes that have represented South Africa since 1994 to attend the meeting.

She said the athletes would issue a statement after the meeting. It will be sent to ASA, Government and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

ÔÇ£If the athletes tell us they are happy with how Chuene and the management of ASA handled the issue, that is what we will write in the statement,ÔÇØ said Pillay. Another athlete, who preferred to remain anonymous, noted that everyone except Semenya herself had had something to say about the issue.

Pillay did not hold back on ASA. ÔÇ£Athletics is about athletes. Athletes are supposed to be ASA’s biggest asset, but they are not,ÔÇØ she said. She first realised as an athlete and later as a TV commentator that ÔÇ£for most of ASA’s management everything is just about the partyÔÇØ.

ÔÇ£They hang out all day in the VIP tent, where nothing but eating and drinking is done. A world record can be set, but they will only learn about it later on TV news,ÔÇØ said Pillay.

ÔÇ£I struggle to believe Chuene that he had Semenya’s interests at heart.ÔÇØ


  1. Willie

    October 1, 2009 at 11:00 am

    It is about time that the athletes take a stand because it looks as if the administrators are too scared to take on any one of the “blue-eyed boys” who are well connected.
    You go athletes. You are the ones that it should be all about!!

  2. concerned

    October 1, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Good Day

    Indeed, it is extremely sad to see how the officials behave. They dress up in their expensive suits and glamorous hairstyles (Phiwe and company). I fully agree with Geraldine, they never seem to interact with the athletes. if you ask them about an athlete, they never seem to know who the athletes are. No wounder they don’t select athletes that deserve to be in teams. Athletes like Samuel Sekompi from CGA was the SA champ, but were never selected.
    With regards to other administrators, if you agree, they threaten you. They also got rid of very competent administrators who had athletes interest at heart, like the late Ismael Khosi. When this man died, Leonard acted as if he was a good friend.

    These people must be replaced by people who have the interest of athletes at their hearts, people that are competent, people that have good people’s skills, people that can negotiate with business sa, etc. I wounder what is going to happen with Leonard’s R35000 per month. He does not deserve to get that salary as he is not an executive president. Athletes, we also need to talk about this at the meeting. We need to hightlight that ASA has lost a lot of court cases over the past few years, that money should have been spent on the athletes.

    We have a european cross country championships that we can use to get our athletes up to standard in all middle distance events.

    with regards to CGA officials, I believe it is a good move from the clubs that are taking a stand. I think this is what need to happen in the other provinces like mpumalanga, Kwazulu Natal, South Western Districts, EPA, Border, etc.

    It is about time that we get rid of all the lackeys and get competent administrators. As for Molatelo Malehopo, he cannot even spell properly. As a GM/CEO/SG, you need to have good attributes.


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