Athletics SA lashes its critics

ATHLETICS South Africa assistant administrator Richard Stander has hit out at critics who have accused the federation's interim administrators of poor management.

ATHLETICS South Africa assistant administrator Richard Stander has hit out at critics who have accused the federation's interim administrators of poor management.

"There are people who are following their own agendas," Stander said yesterday. "They are looking out for their own well-being, not that of the athletes."

Stander was brought in by ASA administrator Ray Mali earlier this year to run the technical side of the federation, while South Africa's Olympic governing body Sascoc remains in control, having taken over six months ago after suspending the ASA board and three employees who have yet to face hearings.

Last week Stander was accused by athletics officials and sports agents of making multiple errors in calculating the prize winners in the domestic track and field season - with as much as R305000 believed to have been given to the wrong athletes - but he remained adamant yesterday that no mistake had been made.

He said former sprinter and head of the SA Athletes Commission Arnaud Malherbe had "made the most noise" in pointing out possible errors, but accused the joint SA 400m record holder of having "his own agenda".

According to the IAAF website, however, there seem to be several errors in ASA's calculations. It is believed that the programme used to determine prize winners was not updated in line with the IAAF table. - Sapa

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