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Semenya sets sights on 200m ahead of Olympics2 minutes read

South Africa’s multiple Olympic champion, Caster Semenya has opted to focus on the 200m regardless of the result of her CAS appeal

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South Africa’s multiple Olympic champion, Caster Semenya has opted to focus on the 200m race regardless of the result of her appeal to overturn the ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Semenya has been in court battling to get the CAS decision that allowed the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) to prescribe hormone-suppressants for any female athlete with Disorder of Sex Development (DSD) competing in the 400m to 1500m races.

Semenya has outrightly refused to take any form of suppressant and has opted to focus on the 200m sprint distance.

“That’s decided; we’ll stick to 200m no matter what,” Semenya told Athletics South Africa (ASA).

“We don’t care about any other decision-making. We will do what we can control now, which is the 200m. That’s the race we’re going to focus on the entire season and we do not care about any other stuff. Two hundred it is.”

Semenya ran an impressive 200m time with 23.80 at the Gauteng North Championships in March, and recorded a personal best of 23.49.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist said she always loved the 200m race in her younger years before developing into one of the world’s greatest in the 800m runner.

“I’m that athlete who does not worry about times; I take it as it comes. We ran 23.80 and then 23.49 and, in the nationals, we were hoping to go a little bit down,” she said.

“I’ve always said that I’m a power athlete; I can do anything from 100m to a marathon. I have power and speed, which has helped me run a better 800m. From a young age I did the 200m and it has always been easy to do sprints – I was born with sprints.

“In Limpopo I didn’t have a coach and I had to make a choice to move to middle distance but the 200m is really not a challenge. The challenge is in the how. You have to master a lot of things: you have to start quickly, you have to ‘slip’ on the bend and to keep your high knees.

“Now I’m learning how to drive and push through the bend, so that when I finish it off, I know I’m at top speed.

“It’s crazy but I’m enjoying it. I wish I ran 200m from age 12. I don’t know where I could have been now.”

Semenya still has some work to do as regards her new venture into the 200m races as she has to make the qualifying time of 22.80 to get to Tokyo 2020 Olympics next year.

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New date announced for Nedbank Golf Challenge

The European Tour has rescheduled the Nedbank Golf Challenge for December at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City South Africa

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The European Tour has rescheduled the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City South Africa from 3rd-6th December.

According to the organizers, the tournament‚ which is one of four rescheduled Rolex Series events‚ will remain as the penultimate event of the European Tour season. Regarded as “Africa’s Major”, it will be followed by the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai which will take place between December 10-13 at Jumeirah Golf Estates, where the 2020 Race to Dubai champion was set to be crowned.

The change in date now means the Nedbank Golf Challenge returns to its former spot on the calendar.

“I am so excited that a date has been set‚” tournament host Gary Player said in a statement. “It’s one of South Africa’s favourite sporting events. I’m sure the public will be as elated as I am.”

“The tournament does so much good for tourism and advertising our beautiful country. I’m eternally grateful for the European Tour and all our sponsors involved.”

Following the suspension of the season on March 8, the European Tour was set for a return to action behind closed doors in July, with a new UK Swing involving six tournaments being played in July and August. All European Tour tournaments will be subject to stringent safety and testing protocols.

Chief Executive of Nedbank Group, Mike Brown, said: “Despite the unprecedented challenges that we are currently facing in overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic, we trust the 40th anniversary of the Nedbank Golf Challenge – now back in its early December timeslot – will give millions of South Africans and sports fans around the world something very special to look forward to.

Our brand has become synonymous with ‘Africa’s Major’, a showcase of our country to the world and a household name in the world of golf having played host to the world’s leading golfers. As Nelson Mandela reminded us – Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”

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Zimbabwe FA rules out pay cut for national team coach

Zimbabwe FA say Zdravko Logarusic will not be asked to take a pay cut despite the crippling effect of the coronavirus pandemic

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Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president Felton Kamambo has revealed that national team coach Zdravko Logarusic will not be asked to take a pay cut despite the crippling effect of the coronavirus pandemic.

ZIFA says they are still in a comfortable financial position to meet Logarusics’ monthly salary as per contract. Less than a month after he took over as the Warriors coach, football in the country went into lockdown.

Logarusic had earlier said he does not feel comfortable receiving his salary when he has not worked for it and wants international football to resume very soon.

Kamambo said the contract with expatriates should not be affected by footballs inactivity, but says it will be discussed when the board have their meeting.

The ZIFA president does not expect drastic decisions to be taken regarding Logarusic’s salary.

“We did our plan before hiring him so we will continue to pay our coach according to our contract. I am not expecting the board to make drastic charges on that.

“We are happy that for the first time the association is able to meet their financial obligations regarding the coach’s welfare. We don’t owe him any cent. We also don’t owe any of our staff members any money. ZIFA had gained notoriety for not paying coaches and at one time it even cost us a run in the World Cup qualifiers. But those are now things of the past. We have opened a new leaf as the association,” said Kamambo.

Kamambo also said ZIFA is trying to be transparent with its finances.

“We already have US$500 000 for the remaining six months. But we will not just spend because it was availed us a bit early. We will continue to operate the way we were doing so that by the time football returns we will be prepared to cater for all the national teams that have competitions that are currently on hold.

“We cannot have a situation where ZIFA are known as crybabies, seeking for resources at the eleventh hour every time. We have to (make a) budget and stick to that. So, the money we received will go to usual operations which include national teams travel, junior leagues as well as staff,” Kamambo said.

The ZIFA president said the COVID-19 relief package they requested from FIFA will be used to assist their affiliates.

“When the money comes, we will assist all our football affiliates. We will have a board meeting in two weeks’ time which will address all these issues related to the coronavirus and its effects on our game.”

ZIFA have provided $2 000 to each elite referee to help during these trying times, according to Kamambo, the funds were from savings in the organizations coffers in the first half of the year.

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Mogodi elected to Cricket South Africa board

The Council of Cricket South Africa have elected John Mogodi as a non-independent director to the Board of the CSA

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The Council of Cricket South Africa (CSA) has elected John Mogodi as a non-independent director to the Board of the CSA.

Mr. Mogodi is the president and chairman of the Board of Limpopo Impala Cricket.

“I am delighted to welcome Mogodi to the Board of CSA,” commented CSA Board chairperson Chris Nenzani.

“He has already made an important contribution to various Board sub-committees and he is highly experienced in the areas of cricket administration as well as financial and audit management.”

Mogodi fills the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jack Madiseng in December last year. Madiseng became the fourth member of Cricket South Africa’s Board of Directors and the first non-independent director to resign following the resignations of independent members; Shirley Zinn, Mohammed Iqbal Khan and Dawn Mokhobo.

In November 2019, Madiseng had written a letter to Cricket SA president Chris Nenzani and the body’s vice-president Beresford Williams in which he rebuked the pair for their failure to take responsibility for CSA’s woes and for leaving former CEO Thabang Moroe to take – as Madiseng put it – all the “klaps,” from the public and the players union, the SA Cricketers Association.

Mogodi is a qualified accountant from Pretoria University and served as a senior accountant at KPMG for three years before taking up his present position of accountant and project manager at Ditsie Financial Consultants. He serves on the Board of numerous companies and is currently a member of both the Audit and Risk Committee and the Finance and Commercial Committee of CSA.

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