26.1.2020 09:06 am
It’s a harsh rule, but catching cheats is certainly much more important than bending long-established rules.
Though it hasn’t yet broken the back of a South African athlete’s career, missing drug tests is becoming nearly as common among elite stars as positive test results.
And more importantly, is it still realistic to expect a local franchise to win the title again given the economic climate?
Western Cape Athletics administrator Allen Barnes suddenly disappeared last week amidst allegations of ‘irregularities’. But he’s actually one of the good guys.
The physical and mental endurance needed to go five days cannot be replicated anywhere else and the longest format also necessitates a special suit of skills.
There are moments of pandemonium in getting into shape again but as long as you are moving in the right direction, you will get there.
The former sports minister has contributed to a misguided debate over transformation in the sport.
Your number one goal that you need to focus on is keeping the momentum going, no matter how small the achievement, no matter how tough the obstacles, you MUST keep moving by taking the next step.
No sport in South Africa is misrepresented as much, and one live performance by the national team is enough to eliminate many of the myths that exist around the game.
Athletes are so focused on the bigger things yet the smaller things like strengthening your ankles or increasing theirflexibility and stability goes untouched.
The people who signed off on the chaotic arrangements plaguing the Proteas at the moment should be banned from cricket for life.
If the Sunshine Tour allowed golfers for the first time to wear shorts during a competition, then you must know how serious they are taking their day jobs.
There’s nothing beautiful about a game so unbalanced in its accolades.
Now, however, with Athletics South Africa seemingly stabilised, they have no excuses, and it’s a relief to hear that they’re finally doing something about it.
In a time of much negativity for South Africa, what Gary Player has to say should always be required, compulsory listening for all citizens.
So how the hell is our own back yard in such shambles?