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Caster heads for India

SASCOC president Gideon Sam on Wednesday announced the addition of 32 more sportsmen and women for the South African team to do duty at this year’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India in October.

Added to the squad at the announcement at Olympic House in Johannesburg were further representatives from track and field, rugby sevens, cycling, swimming and para powerlifting.

Last month an initial Commonwealth squad of 115 names were announced, also in Johannesburg.

It’s expected that the bulk of South Africa’s medals in New Delhi will come from athletics and swimming and with Sevens rugby having being included as an Olympic code in Rio, 2016, this sporting code takes on added significance.

Eleven athletes were named on Wednesday and as expected world 800-metre champion Caster Semenya is among them as she continues her comeback after being cleared to compete by the IAAF last month. Also there are world 800m men’s champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, Olympic long jump silver medallist Khotso Mokoena and Commonwealth champions Elizna Naude (discus), Sunette Viljoen (javelin) and LJ van Zyl (400m hurdles).

Recently crowned world junior track 1000m time trial champion Bernard Esterhuizen is also in the team.

Four swimmers joined the squad: Jean Basson, Graeme Moore, Sebastien Rousseau and Charl van Zyl.

Speaking at the latest announcement Sam said the country needed to focus on its strengths. “It’s now becoming clearer that we have to move in the direction where our strengths lie. South Africa must learn to play to their strengths and I think that there’s no doubting that swimming and athletics must be the core of our medal onslaught in New Delhi.

“The other federations will still play their part, like lawn bowls that has traditionally been strong for us at previous Commonwealth Games, but the main thrust must be athletics and swimming. “I think South African sports fans are often obsessed with winning medals at each and every sport that we take part in but that can’t always be the case.

“Having said that, If athletics and swimming don’t fire on all eight cylinders then we are in trouble so we must put all our energies firmly behind them.

“I’m very happy to see the return of Caster Semenya to duty for South Africa. We have observed her progress closely since the IAAF cleared her to run and it’s good to hear her say that she’s focusing all her efforts on the Commonwealth. The fact that she’s unbeaten in her three races thus far and has improved her time on each occasion is good news for our medal effort in New Delhi.”

Sevens coach Paul Treu makes no bones about the task lying ahead in New Delhi. “We’ll be taking quite a young, inexperienced side to New Delhi and it’s going to be tough coming up against the likes of Australia and New Zealand who will be drafting in some members of the 15-man code.

“But we’re going to be working very hard from now until the Commonwealth Games because we obviously want to try and win a medal for the team.”

Treu was a player when the Sevens side won a bronze medal in Manchester in 2002 and was coaching the side in Melbourne in 2006. “It’s still quite a unique experience for the guys when we are part of a multi-sport event but as usual we’ll be buying into the team spirit and supporting all the other codes.

“With this in mind the World Games in Taiwan was a great learning experience last year and with sevens being part of the 2016 Olympics in Rio these multi-sport events can only be good for us a team in the lead up till then.”

Since their return to the Commonwealth, South Africa have never finished lower than 12th on the medals table. Their first Commonwealth Games after isolation were in Victoria, British Colombia where they won 11 medals to place 12th. Since then they have been represented in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1998), Manchester (2002) and Melbourne (2006).

In Melbourne they were fifth on the medals table, winning a total of 38 medals (12 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze) and finishing behind Australia, England, India and Canada. South Africa’s gold medals came from swimming (five), track and field (five) and one each from boxing and shooting.

A total of 17 sports will be contested at the Games: Archery, Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

Apart from these sports, 15 events will be contested across four Para-Sports codes, for elite athletes with a disability, on the inclusive sports programme. These are Athletics, Swimming, Powerlifting and Table Tennis.

Names added to the Commonwealth Games squad on Wednesday

Athletics: Elizna Naude, Justine Robbeson, Caster Semenya, Sunette Viljoen, Chris Harmse, Simon Magakwe, Khotso Mokoena, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, Cheyne Rahme, Tumelo Thagane, LJ Van Zyl. Manager: Motlatsi Kekabele. Coaches: Brandan Du Plessis, Carl Preller. Para-athletes: Samkelo Radebe, David Roos. Manager/coach: Jacobus Matthyser

Cycling: Bernard Esterhuizen

Para powerlifting: Johannes Matthysen, Evgeni Niklaevich. Manager/coach: Rodney Anthony

Rugby Sevens: Cecil Afrika, Ryno Benjamin, Bernardo Botha, Kyle Brown, Renfred Dazel, Branco du Preez, Christopher Dry, MJ Mentz, Chase Minnaar, Lubabalo Mtembu, Johannes Prinsloo, Sibusiso Sithole. Manager: Sebastien Prim. Coach: Paul Treu. Assistant coach: Allan Temple-Jones

Swimming: Jean Basson, Graeme Moore, Sebastien Rousseau, Charl van Zyl. Manager: Laura Postma. Coaches: Graham Hill, Pierre de Roubaix, Cedric Finch, Dean Price

General team management
Chef de Mission: Patience Shikwambana
Manager (Logistics): Isaac Mdaka
Manager (Athlete Services): Jean Kelly
Administration: Jabu Malindi, Zandile Monyadi, Thiru Mundree, Jameson Seale, Sonja Grobler, Kayalethu Majeke


  1. Athetes in Disarray

    August 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Where is Rene, Juan, Rueben, etc. What about the Athletes that set their goals based on entry standards set by ASA. Many athletes took in on themselves and financially paid their own way in order to meet the published criteria in an effort to be “Proudly South African”. Where is the DEVELOPMENT and EXPOSURE required to build on 2010. How many of the selected athletes are still going to be around then. It seems that the entry standards were just another document as has the team been selected accordingly. The answer is “NO”.

    When a child is born the first thing that happens is the bond between mother and child. The mother (parents) then coach this child through life, support, build and introduces the child into reality making sure that the exposure and guidance is part and parcel of success.

  2. Disappointed athlete

    August 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    A lot of athletes are disappointed. Welldone SASCOC and ASA. You have done a good job in destroying athlete’s hopes and dreams. Go ahead and kill the sport.

  3. Junior

    August 25, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    …………April 2010

    Following the completion of the Yellow Pages Series and the Yellow Pages SA Senior Track and Field Championship events, the list of qualifiers for Commonwealth action is:

    LJ van Zyl (400m hurdles)
    Cornel Fredericks (400m hurdles)
    Ruben Ramolefi (3000 metres steeplechase)
    Robert Oosthuizen (javelin) – (NB he will not be going to the Commonwealth Games after a recent groin operation)
    Hardus Pienaar (javelin)
    Tumelo Thagane (triple jump)
    Setone Tshamano (5000m)
    Elroy Galant (5000m)
    Chris Harmse (hammer)
    Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (800m)
    Ofentse Mogawane (400 metres)

    Khotso Mokoena is eligible for selection, based on having won a silver medal for SA in the long jump at the IAAF World Indoor Championships held in Qatar recently.

    Estie Wittstock (400m)
    Elizna Naude (discus)
    Sunette Viljoen (javelin)
    Justine Robbeson (javelin)
    Tebogo Masehla (3000m steeplechase)
    Myrette Filmalter (3000m steeplechase)

  4. Track Entusiast

    August 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    12 in 2012 what a joke!

    Gideon – I have no words. Now I know why ASA is in the state that it is in at the moment! No relay teams [we medalled in the relay in 2006], athletes in the top 8 in the commonwealth not selected.

    The reason Cheune’s leadership got those medals in 2006 is because they took along the youngsters like Sunette, Robert Oosthuizen and LJ van Zyl. You leave behind some really talented youngsters…

    Is there really anything to aspire to in Athletics – I doubt it!

    Athletes that exceled in the African Champs – not in the team despite being good medal prospects. Where is the young Luvo who said he would now focus on the Commonwealth Games? Are these guys for real???

    Let’s hear the response from Mr. 12 himself – and he expects everyone to take them blame if he fails?

    All the best to the athletes in the team and well done on your selection.

  5. Track Entusiast

    August 25, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Is this the new selection criteria of SASCOC – just like the “window period” of ASA???

    Stop shifting the goal-post. I can wait to see the Chairmans report of the outgoing SASCOC Committe at the next SASCOC elections.


    August 25, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    ASA YOU SUCK!!! How can runners such as the likes of Juan van Deventer who performed in teh Beijing Finals NOT be selected for the 1 500m when he EASLIY qualified this year and has done so much for South African athletics already!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!? You’ve done this before where you’ve taken a NON-qualified athlete over qualified athletes to fill your non-existent criteria!!! You’re a JOKE!!!

  7. Pissed Off

    August 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Disgusting!!! Who do you think you are to destroy the dreams of the athletes who have qualified!!!!!! They get nothing from their country or SASCOC, maybe all the ahtletes should stand together and “Strike” until there is justice in the selection of the teams!!If you qualify you go – whats the point of a qualifying time?????? Why you do you think so many athletes leave this country – for this exact reason!!!!! Thank you for destroying dreams, you do a flipen good JOB!!!!!!!


    August 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    SASCOC you suck is what I meant in my earlier post!!!! Made a blunder due to my blind rage over this sh!t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    August 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Where’s Rene and Ruben!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  10. Response to Junior

    August 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    The list provided by the Junior is incomplete as there were other athletes who at their own cost went on to qualify.

  11. Mohamed Ally

    August 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    SASCOC and ASA have not been transparent in the selection process. The criteria was set a while ago, then “adjusted” by ASA and now there seems to be another criteria that [we would like to know who set it]?

    Anyone with answers can reach me on [email protected]

  12. For the love of athletics

    August 25, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    So sascoc is saying the likes of ruben are not good enough 4 commonwealth but good enough 4 olympics???? how can one be on Opex, which prepares athletes 4 olympics but not be able to compete at cwg??? shocker!!!

  13. Junior

    August 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    The list is only to show how many had Q back in April already!
    This is a great injustice to ALL athletes. Words fail me on this occasion………

  14. Pissed Off

    August 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Gideon, if the team is smaller because of financial reasons then maybe you shouldn’t take over an entourage and put them up in an expensive hotel and have entertainment and parties for them every night just like it happened in BEIJING!!! Maybe spend the money on athletes that are going to make us proud, like so many you have left out!!! I hope someone lets you down in your life just like you have let them down!


    August 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    There are names missing that are really shocking !!! Rene Kalmer travelled all over the world to qualify, and she deserve selection

    Tanith Maxwell qualified for the marathhon in London Marathon(only sa female) by more that 8minutes !!! Lusapa April qualified at the Hannavor Marathon (Germany) by more that 6minutes, thier named are not there !!!!
    Its a shame that athletics is in such a mess !!!


    August 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm


  17. Bul

    August 25, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Athletes must just boycott running nextyear, let sascocand asa run.If the public is feeling like this, then i dont see a future for athletics in this country, who will want to came and support a corrupt sport, i think stadiums will be empty empty by nextyear, Athletes ,coaches and the athletic public lets just stop supporting these dummies nextyear, let them go to world champs alone, because world champs will be must worse, so why run yellow pages and qualify put not get selected nextyear, so athletes lets this boycott this yellow pages.

  18. athletics fan

    August 25, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Congrats to all the athletes that made the team ! Pity that there are so few female athletes in the track/field team. Are our female athletes in SA such poor performers that more could not have made the Commonwealth team ????

  19. What will the repercussions be?

    August 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Did anyone see the team selected by Great Britain? They left their top athletes in favour of grooming the next tier of athletes. But they also have a huge team and what do we do?

    We leave some of the athletes that are in the top 8 or 10 in the commonwealth out. Even Jamaica will be without some of their best athletes at these games but you don’t see them cuting back on numbers!

    So who are we competing against again? Ourselves! I hate to admit it but it’s a wonder that the athletes and public are aggrieved…

    What a circus…Giving sport administrators a bad name. Time to face the facts- the Draconian {tough head-master type} approach in sport doesn’t work in a society where you are building towards excellence. Hitler failed, Sadam Hussein failed and even the great George Bush turned to be a laughing stock in the USA.

    Sport Administration in South Africa has gone a decade backwards because of the reluctance of our leaders to learn and involve everyone who has the potential to contribute.

    Wonder what the team to London in 2012 will be? Wait – lets calculate. 12 medals means that we take 2 team sport, 4 athletes, 3 swimmers, 1 bmx rider and 1 boxer and 1 weightlifter and 1 extra just in case.

    This sounds like the previous governemnts approach to ARV’s. Lives were lost there. In this case careers may be affected – what will the repercussions be.

    I hope the leadership reads the comments made by the public beacuse as far as I have read they are damaging to the sport where sponsorship is concerned. Athletes talking of boycotts and so on or will they be bullied into submission. Opression, operssion, opression.

  20. Trackie

    August 25, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Interesting Forum. Do the leaders of SASCOC read this?

  21. For the love of athletics

    August 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I agree with u trackie. Some countries are leaving out their top athletes and SA only focuses on their best only. Of cos they will bring medals, they r gona compete with younger and inexperienced opponents anyway. Commonwealth games are a stepping stone, wonder where wil 12 medals come frm in 2012.

  22. Irritated

    August 25, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Well done to the selected athletes. It worries me as an athlete to have Qyualifying standards and everyone working hard to achieve them not once but more than once like athletes of Ruben Ramolefe and Rene kalmers (to mention a few) calibre and to findout they dont make it to the final team. What is the use of letting them participate in these meetings yet they will be left out? and Sascoc expect 12 medals atthe 2012? hell no that is just a mere dream since atghletics is the code that has been producing previously in these games. It is a shame our men’s 4×4 team will not defend their title they won in 2006. Sascoc and the selectors are killing our sports slowly.

  23. supporter

    August 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    to hell with sascoc
    athletes need 2 stand together and boycot the poor running of athletics in this country.

    I know athletes who have worked hard 2 qualify and compromised the lives. For what exatly???

    U must take your top4 to all africa games next year, how do you expect athletes to be in the top4 while you not doing anything 4 them?

    They met the criteria…

    Im sorry but you are stupit.

    Go ahead kill the sport

  24. Athlete

    August 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I regret taking unpaid 2 months leave, using my own money 4 food and accomodation in europe and being away from family and friends. I did this to pursue a dream, a dream of representing my country at commonwealth games. I wish the team was announced early enough so i wouldnt have taken such a risk. Congradulations to the selected athletes, hope they bring back 11 medals. As for me and others in my situation, don’t give up guys. You have to go through things like this to reach even greater heights.

  25. Arnaud Malherbe

    August 25, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    The following athletes are ranked in the top 10 in the Commonwealth as of today (25 August):

    Simon Magakwe (200m) – in the team
    Leigh Julius (200m) – not in the team
    Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (800m) – in the team.
    Lehann Fourie (110mH) – not in the team.
    LJ van Zyl (400mH) – in the team
    Cornel Fredericks (400mH) – not in the team
    Cheyne Rahme (PV) – in the team
    Khotso Mokoena (LJ) – in the team
    Luvo Manyonga (LJ) – not in the team
    Tumelo Thagane (TJ) – in the team
    Roelie Potgieter (SP) – not in the team
    Burger Lamprechts (SP) – not in the team
    Orazio Cremona (SP) – not in the team
    Chris Harmse (HT) – in the team
    Hardus Pienaar (JT) – not in the team
    Caster Semenya (800m) – in the team
    Simone du Toit (SP) – not in the team
    Elizna Naude (DT) – in the team.
    Sunette Viljoen (JT) – in the team
    Justine Robbeson (JT) – in the team

    If you further consider that the rankings in the men’s 1500m are dominated by Kenya and they can only select 3 athletes, it is amazing that the likes of Juan van Deventer, Johan Cronje and Pieter van der Westhuizen were not considered. Similarly, the 3000m SC rankings are also dominated by Kenyans – why not include Ruben Ramolefi as Kenya can only select 3 athletes?

    In the women’s 400m, Jamaica dominates the rankings. Estie Wittstock comes into the reckoning when it is considered that Jamaica can only select 3 athletes. In the women’s 1500m it is Kenya and England who dominate, so why exclude Rene Kalmer?

    And I have to agree on the relay teams. The SA men’s 4x400m relay team finished 4th in 1998 and 2002 and medalled in 2006. Why is a team not included? Our men’s 4x100m relay team must also have a chance of grabbing a medal behind Jamaica?

    Anyone spot some possible selection inconsistencies?

    Perhaps SASCOC stuck religiously to the “top 4” selection criteria, but that doesn’t make sense to me as anyone in the final of an athletics event is competing for the medals so surely the top 8 should be considered at the very least?

    By the way, if the “top 4” selection policy was followed for the Berlin World Championships last year, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, our gold medallist, would not have made the team!

    Be that as it may, I would like to congratulate all the selected athletes and commiserations to those that did not make the team…

  26. DB Prinsloo

    August 25, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Congratualations to all the athletes in the team. However, I am sure that this is not the team selected by the selectors because any administration office worker can select the top 4 in the CW. It is a fact that never as i know of, the top 4 on the ranking list previous to a championships finished in that position at the championships. Any athlete in the final do have a chance to medal. Therefore it will make sense to select athletes in the top 10 who has a realistic chance of making the final( and remember a country can only take 3 athletes per event).

    My apologies to Juan, Johan and Peter(and others) who qualified Olympic”A” standard not been included as you guys are some of the cream of South African athletes on the international circuit and surely part of SA top 10 seniors in world athletics.

    Any other “normal” athletics country would have selected you!

    Keep on working, luckily you can perform without the regime that finalised the team

    In my eyes you are the stars and rolemodels to all the young athletes

  27. Track fan

    August 25, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Trackie, I doubt they can read maybe that’s the reason they missed the names of the athletes that qualified.

    To ASA :-“you set standards for athletes, but not yourself”.Atheletes spend thousands out of their pockets to go to Europe to comply with your standards, and when they do, you repay them in this way!

    Read Arnuad’s sensible insight into athletics and wake up. I supose all of you the executive committee members and friends will be there.

  28. DB Prinsloo

    August 25, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Poor Windy 800 CW Youth Champion 2008 in India and Luvo Long Jump World Junior Champion 2010 – who both qualified “A” standard in 2010 and also not selected. What more can you do? I appreciate your performances.

  29. Track Enthusiast

    August 25, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    When the noise was made about the juniors people were quiet.Now that its happened for the third time under the same leadership it is clear that the current leadership are incompetent . Its also possibly true that the former leadership didn’t let such things happen. 400m hurdles is amongst our best medal chances but we leave cornel fredrick out.double blow for him if you consider yellow pages this year. To make matters worse. I hope the athletes realise that unless u fight the incompetent administration at asa and sascoc u will never see any international event unless you are already an international medalist.

    Have they not realized that all their actions so far hav caused a regression in our performance. The team to the world juniors didn’t perform better than the previous teams despite standers attempt to take us back his dark days. The reduced team to african champs cost us the overall title. So Gideon if you are reading this read between the lines. You should offer to resign from all sport involvement when you fail dismally. Stop destroying the sport we dearly love and you know nothing about. He actually said on tv that he can’t believe that ockert brits couldn’t inspire some youngster to excel in pole vault. Egg on his face because if he knew his sport he would know that cheyne rahme broke ockerts junior record this year already. Where has this guy been?

    What next? He will say the same about khotso nor inspiring long jumpers and sunette as well.

    The selectors should speak out and stop misleading us.

    As db says if the athletes knew they had to be in the top 4 and its the first time I hear this then they wouldn’t be making a noise about it. But its clear they were not informed. And asa messed up the marathon athletes too. Now I hear there is a window period again next year. Great idea. It brought us the african title this year.

    Athletes n coaches its time to be brave and take a stand against these dictators who keep changing the rules as they please

  30. gatvol

    August 25, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    ‘n absolute joke.

    maybe het dit tyd geword dat die publiek vertel word,hoe atletiek in Suid Afrika nou eintlik ‘werk’.Sommer begin daar in die dae van die ou sa atletiek unie en die positiewe drug toetse wat weg gesteek is omdat ons nie onse national atletiek heroes aan die kaak wou stel nie

    vandaar kan ons so bietjie insig gee oor hoe die manne en vrouens in die admin van sa atletiek na 1991 ge-jockey het vir posisie toe dit duidelik geword het die anc gaan die shots in die toekoms call.

    natuurlik kan mens dan so bietjie gesels oor die borg geldjies wat in die middel 90’s in die sport ingebring is en hoe die destydse asa bestuur seker gemaak het hulle kry ‘n kommissietjie en ‘n ou geldjie vir hulle harde werk

    en dan kan ons beginne gesels oor hoe die vorige asa bestuur tussen 2002-2008 finaal atletiek in suid afrika opgedonder het.

    RIP atletiek sa.hard probeer,maar ongelukkig net nie meer relevant nie.atlete,boys and girls,hou op oefen/droom.tyd om realisties te raak.en day jobs te kry…

  31. angry

    August 26, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Rene,juan,johan,tebogo,estie,mapaseka,peter,ruben and cornel guys be strong keep training and go run in europe nxt year.
    Everybody knows that you guys worked hard to qualify,keep going and prepare 4 world champs nxt year.

    I’m a great fan of you guys and i love you. Leave everything in God’s hands

  32. Go and compete for Turkey!

    August 26, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Having listened to Ryk Neethling on tv last night I decided that all the athletes in SA should seriously opt to compete for other countries. We should approach the Qataries, Saudi’s and Turks. At least athletes will be valued, paid and selected. Most countries will bend over backwards to have our talent pool.

    SASCOC has no clue as to run a sport body. Our youth team to the olympics is a point in case. Our kids did really well, which shows we have the talent pool. From there on everything falls flat and we can not win everything at senior level, and SASCOC is squarly to blame for that.

  33. Mohamed Ally

    August 26, 2010 at 8:27 am

    DB and Arnaud I am glad that you are identifying yourself and contributing constructively.

    We will be accused of flouting protocols but the fact remains that our voices have been ignored. The answers you are looking for doesn’t lie in the athletes selected Arnaud but in the lack of reasoning in as far as the selection policy is concerned.

    Read the comment regarding our Junior and Senior teams in 2010 to World Juniors & Africa Champs to get insight into why people are baffled. I just hope that our athletes persevere and continue to work hard for the future.

  34. Go and compete for Turkey!

    August 26, 2010 at 9:09 am

    If one looks at the team it is a big concern as to who we are going to have left to compete in a few years time. In the team there is only TWO athletes under 23 years old. They are the future in terms of the 2014 Commonwealth games and 2016 Olympics. England has 100 people in their team (for athletics) of which 27 are under 23! Australia has an athletics team of 69! Canada 40!, SUPERPOWER Scotland had even has 19 athletes.

    Some interesting quotes from the England team with regard the Commonwealth Games showing their philosophy with regard excellence:
    “…, a competition which will play an important role on the pathway to the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Korea and 2012 London Olympic Games.”

    Commonwealth Games England Athletics Team Leader John Brierley added: “We are confident that we have assembled an accomplished athletics team which is well- balanced, extremely competitive and comprises an exciting blend of experience with the talent of youth.”

    Widely recognised for facilitating breakthrough performances – such as those in 2006 for Ohuruogu, Lisa Dobriskey, Idowu and Martyn Bernard – the Commonwealth Games is an important development opportunity as well as a major Championships medal in its own right.

    Historically, athletes like Denise Lewis, Daley Thompson, Dame Kelly Holmes – now President of Commonwealth Games England – and Jessica Ennis have made their name at the Commonwealth Games before moving on to win at the Olympics or world championships.

    Even more shocking: “Talented youngsters named in the team for the 2010 campaign are 2009 European Junior 110m hurdles gold medallist Lawrence Clarke, recent World Junior triple jump silver medallist Laura Samuel and young middle distance talent Niall Brooks, the 2009 European Junior 800m silver medallist who narrowly missed out on a podium place in the recent World Juniors finishing fourth in a lifetime best performance.” We have the friggin World Junior Champion, and we leave him at home, they select a kid who finished 4th, yes FOURTH!!!!


    August 26, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I pray to God that someone “HIGH” up in sasCOCK reads this!!!! Bunch of Muppets!!!!

  36. De moer in

    August 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    If athletics is one of our strengths, in the words of Mr Gideon Sam, then why in the name of Olympics 2012 are we sending a total of 11 athletes, of which only 3 athletes have a realistic chance of bringing home a medal(based on current form). Eish I fail to understand the rationale behind this stupidity. Why is Cornel fredericks, Rene Kalmer, Ruben R,Luvo and many others NOT in the team.I want some answers, please and i want them NOW….I guess having the POPE over for dinner would be easier than getting answers from ASA or SASCOC.

  37. Road Mogul

    August 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Eish! where does Gideon come from? I know for a fact that he recovered his R10 milion from ASA that Leonard Chuene and company never paid him.

    African Championships is a “minor” competition. They neglected athletes that have the potential to compete at the 2016 Olympics. Than the world juniors! Both competitions are used by the powerhouses of africa and the rest of the world as stepping stones.

    Now the Commonwealth games…..only 11 athletes. i wounder how many medals will the team win. Next year we will have the world championships, the team will be even smaller. I think it will be 6 with 1 medal. Than the olympics in 2012. Now if you “struggle” to qualify for these competitions mentioned above, how will it be possible to qualify for the olympics. We also have athletes like Rubin on the OPEX (Operation Excellence Squad) who receive money every month to prepare for the olympics.

    If they cannot make the “minor” competitions, how will they qualify for the Olympics. that mean the money is wasted.

    we are lucky to have Caster running and that is the only guaranteed medal at this competition alongside lj and mokoena.

    The CEO of SASCOC should guide SAM as he has been with NOCSA and now SASCOC for many years. He should be fired too!

  38. James Evans

    August 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    After the efforts we made to get answers on why athletes were left out of the junior team were met with a vicious attack against our province from the ASA office, but no answers, we realised that it is pointless asking for the reasoning behind selections.

    Some interesting points though – Selection standards were set for the junior and Commonwealth teams, but not followed. Dates of championships have been changed for the road runners, with no correspondence being replied to or entered into. The marathon trials were cancelled and now the championships have been moved to the other side of the country during the Commonwealth Games.

    We were never notified as a province as to who was selected for the teams, which used to be the normal protocol. We had to read about it in the media. Likewise, we still don’t know who team management was for the World Juniors or the African Champs.

    I really feel for the athletes – they were robbed of prize money during the Yellow Pages Series, and ASA will not budge despite it being formally raised with them. Many have been robbed of selections, with loss of earnings (I just think of all the athletes, like the pole vaulters, who WOULD have medalled at the African Champs and been selected for the Continental team).

    The main reason has been the lack of accountability which is now absolute. Not only can we not get answers out of ASA, but no-one really knows who is making decisions. Is the ASA office all powerful, or are the members of the ad hoc committee (or interim board) aware of what is going on? Who are the ‘selectors’? The ASA Constitution says that the track & field commission are tasked with selecting track & field teams. Were they involved in all these selections? It seems not, because other people’s names were mentioned when tried to find out who the selectors were. Is it not time that the ASA office stopped hiding the selectors away and told us who they are?

    There are lots of people who are justifiably unhappy that they have missed out on selection for the Commonwealth Games. I won’t name any, as there are so many I am likely to miss out on some. The same happened with the juniors and the African Champs. Many have been mentioned above.

    If we are to go forward, there has to be transparency and accountability. The athletes are owed an apology.

  39. Dopper Kruger

    August 27, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Mr Gideon Sam,
    Select 3 athletes per event and give everybody a real chance.I am going to Dehli but who will I support.No relay teams,hell wake up.In Melbourne 2006,our name appear in the Australian newspapers regularly.But in India ?
    What about some exposure to other athletes?
    Please sir.

  40. Junior

    August 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    What now? You ganno sweep this also under the carpet and do nothing about it?. I think this is the most comments on this website on one particular article and taken from the tone of most everybody had enough of this pathetic administration. We cannot just leave it here, somebody need to answer! I’m still positive about athletics in this country, but hear more and more about athletes who just want to prepare for the European seasons and forget about representing SA.
    Athletics is in a mess!!

  41. Vote of no confidence in SASCOC & ASA

    August 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Well done to SASCOC and ASA. Good luck keeping your sponsors next year and good luck finding new ones with the same Administrator and Assistant Administrator together with its Interim Committee!!!

    The strong hand tactics have really gotten you far… We’ll see what power passengers have in helping you fill lanes.

  42. coach

    August 28, 2010 at 8:52 am

    not that i have anytjong against caster, but she ‘s not in the top4 aswell.
    You have given all your attention 2 her, neglecting other female athletes.
    My athlete hasn’t been to training since you’ve annonced the team.
    You breaking athletea dreams especially those who have qualified and from what i’ve heard it’s not just my athlete who is not training now…

    It really pains my heart…

  43. Mark Etheridge

    August 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Hi all … Mark Etheridge here, Managing Editor of Road to London, 2012 website and quarterly magazine. I must thank each and everyone of you for your comments, both negative and positive, on the team selection issue. In the position that I am in I cannot afford to take sides but I hear all your comments and can assure you that SASCOC president Gideon Sam is aware of all the comments and I’m hoping that all parties concerned take note of the sentiments expressed. I feel for all the athletes and can only say, don’t give up. You guys are the sport’s very lifeblood! Please keep on banging the drum and making your voices heard! All the best

  44. Pieter Nortje

    August 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    thanks Mark but that means little. please ask your boss Gideon Sam to be transparent and honest otherwise how can we take him seriously or not question his or Sassco’s credibility. the question is a simple one: please tell us the names of the selectors who selected the athletics team to the Commonwealth Games.

  45. Junior

    August 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Mark
    We understand your view and position on this, in the past you were very helpful and we appreciate that, THIS one is for your bosses though. We want THEM to answer the many questions on here. If THEY dont want to kill athletics THEY need to respond to the questions ask. What i would like to see is that you keep this as one of your lead stories, thus on the frontpage and not where it is currently sitting in one of the categories.

  46. pissed off

    August 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    HI Mark, thank you for noting the above comments, i think it is for your boss to answer!! I agree maybe you should put this as a front page item and not hidden away as it is now. We should emcourage the athletes and supporters to put their feelings down, its sad that they are scared to name themselves as they will be punished and dont want to cause any more waves – maybe its about time we cause some waves!!! I still ask Gideon if it is a financial reason let the ahtletes who have qualified to ask for sponsours or go them selves as they do to every other event! Also who will he be taking with to Delhi, as like Beijing – everyone!!!!, it was disgusting to have seen the spread there was for the south african “delegates” in Beijing! Also i am sure like myself all the athletes would like to know what the exact criteria was in qualifying to go to the common wealth, i belive a potential medal winner has not even run the qualifying time!!! how does that work????? If they could publish the criteria maybe we could all understand what the athletes did wrong!!!

  47. wp women athlete

    September 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    especially my friends rene and tshamano and reuben and many of them same as tanith maxwell and lusapho they are not in the team y and thats insane gideon u really selfish .u want to eat the money that is left was supposed to use for athletes who were selected befor this thats insene really i had enough and i have also have experience thing with asa in 2008 and they think i have forgetten that hell no and Athlete Says u should have run 10km and races with us and made money because they played with u and it hurts because i knw u .u are strong and even this weekend u didnt ran well because o this i am sorry my friend

  48. Dopper Kruger

    September 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I speak to Mr Gideon Sam on Tuesday,on the question of no response from SASCOC.He informed that their media guy from Cape Town will issue a statement.
    The guy we should fight with is Ray Mali from ASA,who submitted the team to him.So everybody write to Mr Mali and Mr Stander.
    Why is Mr Preller so quiet ? (Maybe because he is going to New Dehli )Before Beijing Mr De Klerk got involved with the selection of Sanette Viljoen.Why cant we contact Mr Stofile and Mr Gert Oosthuizen ?

  49. pissed off

    September 8, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Hi Dopper Kruger, i have myself contacted Mr Gert Oosthuizen, no response!!!!! What a shock!!!! I am sure all the above names mentioned are going to be in Delhi, just as they were all in Beijing! Living it up no doubt! It is actually quite sickening this whole issue, as there is not a damn thing anybody can do because one stupid person has all the power, and Gideon Sam made the selection, ASA sent forward ALL (29) the qualified names so again he is lying!!!!! Unfortunaly Casta has not qualified, but amazingly is going! And she is now aparenlty running the 1500m as well, sorry Rene!!! I think we need as many people to write to Carte Blanch about this maybe they will be able to get some answers from the man himself! What a coward!!

  50. Track Enthusiast

    September 11, 2010 at 1:08 am

    @pissed off- if u can rally the athletes to a meeting and demand a forum with ASA’s interim board together with Gideon if he is the sports administrator he claims to be he will honour the meeting and come with his evidence. We will then find out the truth. If he refuses to meet then we know what his real agenda is.

    If athletes, coaches and avid sports fans had such scathing comments about me and my leadership I would at least step up and account for my decisions in a factual manner and one that leaves no doubt in the minds of the majority. The only people backing him at the moment are non athletics people. In most countries where Olympic glory is sought the athletes with potential are put on a support system with their coaches and together the planning takes place. When an exceptional talent rises to the occasion it is seen as an added bonus. In SA when an exceptional talent suddenly rises to the occasion the national bodies want to claim that honour without supporting its very root of success.

    Anyone that can honestly say that SASCOC are taking the best team to India is drunk. And futhermore the Interim Board under the spell of Stander who seems to have the power to do as he will have let the sport down and they are not prepared to fight for the athletes. Chuene may have done whatever he is accused of doing but he fought for athletes. The current board are not the best of the best and if they or this CEO of Boland Stander stay in the leadership we are doomed. Athletics can start building from grass roots again.

  51. Abel

    September 13, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Dont worry,let’s hope Okkert Brits make it to the new board………….advantages….hopefully polevaulters would get their poles on time for competitions………..dont worry…….disadvantages……….survivor experience……….good luck Okkert…..i think you are going to moer someone quickly and……this was just something to make you all smile…………jisssssss koel af maters!

  52. Track Enthusiast

    September 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    This is how the Australians view the Commonwealth Games:

    “While a repeat of the record haul of 41 track and field medals, including 16 golds, from Melbourne seems unlikely, so long as Australia continues to send its biggest track and field names to the Games, its status as Commonwealth kingpin should continue.”

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