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AGN APOLOGISES FOR RACE NUMBER MIX-UP
Provincial body Athletics Gauteng North (AGN) has admitted fault and apologised after an athlete was disqualified from the SA 10km Championships for wearing the wrong number.
“It was a matter of numbers being swapped around,” said AGN deputy road running chairman Mohau Molelekoa.
“We relied on a club committee and chairman to assist in collection, and we had a squad of 250 members, but we acknowledge an error from our side and apologise for that.”
Mololekoa said the matter would be investigated further, in order to pinpoint how the error occurred.
A senior official, who chose to remain anonymous, confirmed team management was responsible for race numbers.
“It is their responsibility to ensure the correct number goes to the correct athlete,” the official said.
Gauteng North athlete Nokuthula Mokoana had been left fuming this week after she was “disqualified” from the national championships in Pretoria.
According to the official results, 21-year-old Mokoana completed the race, held on February 28, in a time of 37:14.
Her name was later removed from the results after Athletics SA discovered another athlete had run in her number.
“I did not participate in the 10km SA champs due to injury,” Mokoana said.
“I was not even at the event, and to my surprise I saw my name appear on the results, meaning someone else ran under my name.”