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WHILE the likes of Louis "LJ" van Zyl and Samson Ngoepe are hoisting South Africa's flag high in various meetings in Europe, young athletes are expected to do the same back home.
They should steal the limelight at the Southern Region Youth Track and Field Championships at the University of Pretoria tomorrow at 9am.
The event, which was initially billed for Namibia, was moved to South Africa following the suspension of the Namibian Federation by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in Aprl il due to internal squabbles
Athletics SA will be represented by 44 athletes and the mother body, judging by the recent successes of their athletes in continental events, is hopeful they will do well in Tshwane.
The championships will be competed for by more than 150 athletes from 11 of the 14 southern region countries.
Tomorrow's event provides athletes with a last chance to be selected for the final squad for the IAAF World Youth Championships in Italy in July.
The competition also serves as a prelude to the World Youth Championships.
Included in the ASA's team are a number of athletes who are ranked among the top 10 in the world.
They are Jacques de Swart, who is ranked third in the 400m, Mfumaneko Fadane is fourth in the 3000m, Stefan Brits, fifth in the long jump, Simone Meyer is sixth in discus and Justine Palframan, who is seventh in the 400m and 15th in the 200m.
"We are grateful to South Africa for stepping in to host these championships and are also pleased with the 11-member countries who have entered the event," said president of the Southern Region Athletics Leonard Chuene.
"I'm confident that we will continue to see an improvement in the standard of athletics in the region.
Meanwhile, Van Zyl had sweet revenge against David Greene in the 400m hurdles when he narrowly beat the Briton into second place on Wednesday night.
At the Folksam meeting in Sweden, Ngoepe won the 800m in 1:46,47 to better the IAAF B qualifying standard for the world championships.
l Chuene, who is also ASA's president, has appealed to all South Africans to rally behind Bafana Bafana in their quest to do well in the Confederation Cup which kicks off on Sunday. "Let us go to the Ellis Park S tadium on Sunday and give our boys the necessary support against Iraq."