Athletics SA cracks whip on Mlangeni, Malherbe

ATHLETICS greats Sam Mlangeni and Arnaud Malherbe have been summoned to appear before Athletics South Africa top brass for expressing their unhappiness at the way the sport is being run.

ATHLETICS greats Sam Mlangeni and Arnaud Malherbe have been summoned to appear before Athletics South Africa top brass for expressing their unhappiness at the way the sport is being run.

The duo will appear before the committee at ASA House in Houghton on Friday, the unrepentant Mlangeni confirmed yesterday.

The ASA is reportedly unhappy that Malherbe and Mlangeni have been quoted in the media talking about athletics matters without permission from the interim leaders.

In a letter written to Mlangeni and Malherbe by ASA deputy administrator Richard Stander, the two administrators have been asked to explain who they represent.

"The last time I checked, South Africa became a democratic country in in 1994 when some of us, who were not allowed to vote went to the polls for the first time," Mlangeni said.

"There is freedom of speech in South Africa. I have fought so hard for athletics to be where it is today and will never allow anybody to intimidate me.

"The ASA is not a homeland. We will never keep quiet when our sport is going to the dogs. Now it's like they (ASA interim leaders) are here to stay, that is why they are trying by all means to intimidate all the people who differ with them.

"Now that Leonard Chuene has been vindicated by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) saying Caster Semenya must continue running as a woman, the ASA interim leadership must leave us in peace."

Former Athletics South Africa president Chuene and his board were fired for their handling of Semenya's gender tests.

Malherbe, who has also urged Sport and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile to intervene in the ASA, could not be reached for comment.

On allegations that ASA staff were being intimidated by its leaders, ASA interim boss Ray Mali said: "It is not true that staff members are not allowed to read newspapers.

" On the issue of our not giving them an annual increment, I have explained to them that we do not have money."

Said one staff member: "They are saying Leonard Chuene was bad, but he was much better because we were looked after as staff."

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