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Athletics South Africa pays tribute to late Nicholas Bett

Athletics South Africa (ASA) is saddened by the news of the sudden death of Kenyan athlete Nichollas Kiplagat Bett, who passed away on Wednesday morning, a day after returning from 21st CAA African Senior Championships in Asaba, Nigeria.

According to Nandi police commander Patrick Wambani, the 28 year-old former 400m hurdles 2015 world champion, seemed to lose control after the car hit bumps along Eldoret-Kapsabet road in Sochoi area and rolled

Eldoret and Kapsabet, are two of Kenya’s famed distance-running training towns in the Rift Valley region in the west of the country and are also renowned for high altitude training.

Bett’s twin brother, Aron, is also an athlete and was part of the Kenyan 4×400 team that won gold at African championships in Asaba last week.

“This are sad news and most difficult to swallow,” pointed out a saddened Aleck Skhosana, the President of ASA.

“It is a big blow to African athletics, to Kenya and the world.

“In particular, we had expected him to grow to become one of the best in the coaching of 400m athletes in benefit of Kenyan and all athletes in the continent and beyond upon retirement. We remember him also for winning the bronze medals at the African championships in 2014 in the 400 hurdles and 4x400m relay,” he said.

“We express our deepest condolences to his twin brother Aron, the Bett family, Athletics Kenya and the rest of the nation for this tragic and unexpected loss.”

Source: sport24.co.za

South Africa Names Caster Semenya, Luvo Manyonga in 65-man Preliminary Squad

A full-strength preliminary team has been unveiled by Athletics South Africa (ASA) for the 2018 CAA African Senior Championships to be held in Asaba, Delta State between 1-5 August.

The squad includes the likes of 2017 World Championships medalists Luvo Manyonga, Caster Semenya and Ruswahl Samaai.

Also included in the strong squad are former Olympic medalists Khotso Mokoena and Sunette Viljoen, as well as veteran Hammer Throw athlete, Chris Harmse.

Officials of the Athletics Federation of South Africa explained that they are keen at utilising the biennial continental championships to be staged in Asaba to prepare their athletes for the 2019 IAAF World Senior Championships and other major global events over the next few seasons.

The national Preliminary Team consists of a healthy blend of youth and experience.

Among the talented young stars who are featured in the squad, are IAAF U18 world champions Sokwakhana Zazini, Breyton Poole and Zeney van der Walt, who are some of the nation’s top contenders for titles at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland next month.

Of the 65 athletes in the Preliminary Team, which consists of 39 men and 26 women, a total of 18 individuals are under the age of 21.

The final national team will be announced in July closer to the event.

South Africa won the last two editions of the African Championships in Marrakech and Durban and are now hoping to complete a hat-trick of wins in Asaba.

The Asaba 2018 Africa Senior Athletics Championship will be held at the newly-built Stephen Keshi Stadium from August 1-5, 2018 with over 52 countries expected to participate.

Gender Commission fully behind Caster Semenya

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has expressed its dismay that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has decided to amend its regulations once again in November 2018.

The new regulations would require female athletes to maintain testosterone levels below 5 nanomoles per litre for a continuous period of at least six months.

This has led to athletes, like Semenya, who are known to produce high levels of testosterone, being placed squarely in the spotlight.

The Commission for Gender Equality believes the new regulations are discriminatory against athletes falling into this category.

The CGE has called upon UN Women, the Department of Sports and Recreation, Athletics South Africa (ASA) and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to offer their support to Semenya as the Commission believes the IAAF new regulations are discriminatory.

The statement went on to state that ‘It cannot be that female athletes that produce 5 percent of nanomoles are subjected to this unjust and unfair regulations contrary to many conventions and protocols that are there to protect and promote unfair treatment of female athletes/women from abuse and discrimination.’

The Commission reiterated its support for the legal challenge launched by Semenya with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland on Monday against the new regulation in order to ensure that the rights of all women are safeguarded and protected.

We are also making a clarion call to like-minded institutions to unequivocally raise their voices in support of Semenya. The CGE agrees with Semenya’ submission to CAS that the IAAF must set aside the new regulations even before they are implemented pending the finalisation of her legal challenge.


South Africa unveils strong team for IAAF U20 Junior champs

A powerful 19-member team will represent South Africa at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Junior Championships to be held in Tampere, Finland from July 10 to 15.

The final team, consisting of 13 men and six women, features a number of athletes who will enter their respective disciplines among the favourites for medals.

Sprinter Thando Dlodlo, shot putter Kayle Blignaut and 400m hurdler Zeney van der Walt, have all been in record form this season, breaking SA Junior marks during the domestic campaign.

Having won global Youth titles at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya last year, versatile 400m hurdles star Sokwakhana “Soks” Zazini, High Jump prodigy Breyton Poole and Van der Walt will all be aiming for back-to-back crowns.

“While South Africa finished 22nd at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Junior Championships with three silver medals, we went on to finish top of the table at the IAAF World U18 Championships last year with 11 medals. These crop of athletes have proved they have the ability to deliver a significant improvement at the junior showpiece,” said Athletics SA president Aleck Skhosana.

“We are confident in this young group of talented athletes, who have all proved they have what it takes to compete against the best in the world at the very highest level of our sport in their age division. We wish them well and we trust they will perform to the best of their ability.”

Youth athletes who were included in the provisional SA team for the biennial IAAF World U20 Junior Championships were removed in line with a local and international move to lift some of the pressure on younger athletes in development age groups.

Instead, U18 athletes will concentrate on the CAA African Youth Games to be held in Algiers, Algeria from July 18 to 28, in the build-up to the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina between October 6 to 18.