No crisis at ASA: Chuene

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Leonard Chuene, Athletics South Africa (ASA) president, yesterday took a swipe at a section of the media after their reports insinuated that there was a crisis at the national controlling body.

He was reacting to media reports and concerns from other quarters that long-time ASA employee Linda Ferns was pushed out of the association.

Chuene said he was disturbed by the insinuations since they only arose because a white employee resigned from the ASA.

"This suggests that we are racists at ASA. I know there are some whites who are undermining black leadership at ASA and they are trying everything to destroy us but we will deal with them accordingly," warned Chuene yesterday.

"Why did these people not complain when Banele Sindane and Lerato Mkhizi resigned? Linda has never complained to us and she is leaving ASA a happy woman as far as I'm concerned.

"In her [resignation] letter she said she was leaving to pursue other interests. But I should save my breath on useless issues and focus on important matters that will further grow athletics in the country," he said.

Meanwhile, javelin thrower Robert Oosthuizen was named the best male athlete in the fifth leg of the Yellow Pages Series in Oudtshoorn, Western Province, on Saturday and earned R5000 from the sponsors in the process.

The world junior javelin champion threw a distance of 86,80m in his first attempt. Subsequent efforts of 77,17, 80,81, 81,51, 79,63 and 81,73 appeared to be more of a formality.

Agnes Samaria of Namibia, who won the 800m in 2min:04,11sec, was named the best woman athlete of the day.

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the 2004 Olympic 800m silver medallist, triumphed in a time of 1:46,13, as he wrapped up his preparations for the World Indoor Championships that will be held in Valencia, Spain from March 7 to 9.

As expected, Isabel le Roux outclassed her opponents in the women's 200m, covering the distance in 24,15 seconds.

Her training partner, Hannes Dreyer, prevailed in the men's 100m (10,54) and 200m (21,05) sprint double.