Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
MATIYA BANNED FOR TWO YEARS
Veteran athlete Never Matiya has been handed a two-year ban after facing a Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) disciplinary hearing.
Matiya was caught selling stolen race numbers and t-shirts at the Johnson Crane Marathon in Benoni in January.
“He has been found guilty and banned for two years,” CGA president James Moloi said on Tuesday.
“He will not be allowed to compete in any official race, either nationally or internationally, until 2017.”
The police investigation was ongoing, with Matiya released on bail, and while other athletes were believed to be involved, there was no evidence at this stage and Moloi said the CGA inquiry had come to an end.
If more information came to light during the legal process, the provincial athletics body’s internal investigation could continue, and if runners from other areas were implicated, their provinces would also be informed.
“Witnesses (at the disciplinary hearing) said this was not the first time they had seen Matiya doing this, and he had friends who were with him,” Moloi said.
“Maybe when this goes to court he will tell them who else was involved and how they did it.”
Moloi, who is also the Athletics South Africa road running chairman, said they were disappointed that an athlete had played a part in the long-running scam.
“We do not expect this from people in athletics – maybe people from outside the sport – but hopefully this is a lesson to anyone who is thinking of doing the same thing.”