Spoil sports



August 26, 2016
Spoil sports

BITTER: Fellow athletes don't recognise Semenya's win

Idiots try to take the shine off Caster’s gold.

Last week 400m champ Wayde van Niekerk rocked Munier’s world at the Rio Olympics.

This week it was golden girl Caster Semenya’s turn to bring home glory.

It has been a remarkable return to form for the 800m star, who has battled to put her controversial past behind her.

Well done. Proud moment.

But as she stood on the podium holding her gold medal, listening to Nkosi Sikhelel iAfrika, some vuilgat TV commentator had the nerve to p!ss all over Caster’s parade.

He remarked: “There will be hundreds and thousands of articles written about this race, but let’s accept — for now — that she is the champion.”

How disrespectful can you get?

How is this knob allowed to question the integrity of the athlete — and the Olympic Games — on international TV?

What was controversial about the race? Was anyone doping? Did someone jump the gun? Did one runner trip up another? No.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had cleared Caster to race in international competition back in 2010, after she had to undergo humiliating gender testing.

And a year ago, the IAAF policy on hyperandrogenism, or high natural levels of testosterone in women, was suspended, after a court ruled that there was no evidence to prove testosterone boosts athletic performance.

So why is this still an issue?

And there were more spoil sports.

British athlete Lynsey Sharp, who came sixth in the same race, tjanked afterwards, saying how “difficult” it is because of the change in the IAAF rule.

She refused to congratulate Caster, and instead hugged the runners who “know how each other feel”.

Meisie, please. You came sixth. The top three would have to be disqualified for you to be in medal contention.

You would think that such a mediocre athlete would have gotten used to losing by now. Shame.

But the worst was yet to come.

Polish runner Joanna Jozwik, who came fifth, said that she was proud to have finished as the “first European” and the “second white” in the race.

Dammit, if only the Olympics could be for whites only, ne?

What everyone seems to forget is that the women’s 800m world 
record was set by Czechoslovakia’s Jarmila Kratochvilova in 1983 – a Rocky lookalike if ever there was one.

Eish, can’t the world just be happy for us Africans and South Africans and let us enjoy our moment in the sun?

Even when Team SA landed in Joburg this week, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula couldn’t just congratulate them.

No, HE had to be the star of the show.

In one of the most oopgat gestures of the year, he declared that Team SA’s 10 medallists would receive added cash bonuses totalling R710 000.

But it was the way Razzmatazz made the announcement: “Today when I woke up, I was so happy‚ I decided to increase [the prize money]…

“Razzmatazz‚ Mr Christmas is here.”

Not that our star athletes don’t deserve every cent, but look at how quick ministers are to splash out on celebrations.

However, when it comes to service delivery and grants for arme mense… well, ja.

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