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Let's help poor athletes: ASA

By unknown | Feb 19, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Khotha

Leonard Chuene, ASA president, says they need the support from the department of sports and recreation to help them ferry poorer athletes to their events.

Chuene was speaking to Sowetan after the fourth series of the Yellow Pages Ultimate Athletics meet at Oudtshoorn's De Jager Sports Complex in Western Cape on Saturday.

"Indeed, we need the assistance from the sports and recreation because if we looked at it, most of the youngsters are coming from the rural areas," he said.

"The event is part of mass participation and we would love to see sport and recreation obviously assisting us with transport to ferry the athletes.

"Athletics is about the youth. If indeed the youths are not part of the sport, we are depriving them of opportunities to showcase their talent," said Chuene.

"We are happy at the moment as far as the standard is concerned and athletes are improving their time in each and every event."

The attendance from black athletes was poor.

Lebogang Phalula, who is on song, made it four in row after winning the women's 800m race in 2min:04,61secs despite carrying a hamstring injury. Phalula was followed by Rene Kalmer in 2:05,97 and Mapaseka Makhanya came third in 2:06,31.

In the men's 800m race, Samson Ngoepe took laurels in 1:50,36 while Tebogo Masetla won the women's 3 000m steeplechase in 10:39:21. Emmanuel Mkhabela won the men's steeplechase.

The star of the show was Hardus Pienaar who recorded a 82,96m javelin throw to qualify for the World Championships in Japan.


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