Rahme bows out

AFRICAN junior pole-vault record holder Cheyne Rahme has withdrawn from the SA team to compete at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada, from July 19 to 25 due to a gracilis muscle injury to his right leg.

AFRICAN junior pole-vault record holder Cheyne Rahme has withdrawn from the SA team to compete at the 13th IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada, from July 19 to 25 due to a gracilis muscle injury to his right leg.

Rahme, a 19-year-old student at the University of Johannesburg, holds the African junior record at 5,50m and was expected to be one of the SA team's top medal contenders for the Canadian trip.

"ASA wishes Rahme a speedy recovery knowing that many more international athletics opportunities await this talented athlete," said ASA administrator Ray Mali.

At a special ASA interim board meeting in Johannesburg on Sunday, national senior selection convenor Kaai Preller and junior selection head Raymond Julius re-motivated the selection of athletes for the national junior team, in the wake of last week's team announcement.

This followed concerns about athletes named in the provisional squad in April, who were not part of the final national team. - Sowetan

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