Athletics SA not holding grudges against African nations that didn’t back Caster Semenya in IAAF fight

Athletics SA (ASA) president Aleck Skhosana has confirmed that they are going throw their weight behind the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) in their attempt to stop the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) plans to scrap the 5‚000m and 10‚000m events from the Diamond League next year.

The IAAF recently announced radical plans for the Diamond League‚ which include cutting meeting lengths to 90 minutes and scrapping long races.

This plan is set to have a devastating impact on most of the continent’s top long distance runners.

South Africa is not expected to be seriously affected as the nation does not have high-profile athletes in those events.

But Skhosana said they support CAA on principle, even though the continental organisation did not publicly pledge their support for ASA during Caster Semenya’s case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CSA).

“It does not matter whether we are affected or not‚ today it’s Kenya‚ tomorrow it will be Ethiopia and later it will be South Africa‚” he said on Tuesday where he announced Sizwe Medical Fund and 3SixtyLife as sponsors of the ASA senior track and field events and Twizza as sponsors for the U18 and U20 field and track championships.

“We want to send a stern warning to Africans – don’t only jump when it’s about you.

“When you take a fight you must take it on principle and on behalf of your brothers and sisters.

“We had the issue of Caster Semenya at CAS and the entire African continent‚ with the exception of Botswana‚ kept quiet.

“But as South Africa we are not going to keep quiet about this issue of IAAF scrapping 5‚000m and 10‚000m events from the Diamond League.”


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Publish date : 2019-03-19 14:15:00

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