Observer on Saturday - - Sport -

The Swazi­land Na­tional Sport and Recre­ation Coun­cil (SNSRC) has de­manded an­swers from the ath­let­ics mother body on damn­ing re­ports fol­low­ing the said ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties on the se­lec­tion of ath­letes for this month’s Re­gion 5 Un­der20 Youth Games in Botswana.


Through Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) Dar­ius Dlomo, the coun­cil called upon the Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion of Eswa­tini (AAE) to ex­plain the is­sue fol­low­ing a re­port car­ried by this pub­li­ca­tion.

In its re­sponse, AAE re­port­edly stated that they made the se­lec­tion based on age.

They high­lighted that ath­letes se­lected for the game would have to be within the age limit as stip­u­lated by the spe­cific com­pe­ti­tion, in this case, Un­der-20 and per­for­mance.

“I think the team se­lected is the best un­der the cir­cum­stances. We are be­hind them and we are try­ing our best to get them there com­pete at their best. We don’t just pick ath­letes from the air with some kind of thumb suck. These ath­letes are in the age bracket and some of them com­peted in the con­ti­nen­tal and World Youth Cham­pi­onships this year. They also have been con­sis­tent in lo­cal com­pe­ti­tions. It is in that re­gard that we be­lieve they need our back­ing,” said AAE Pres­i­dent Gideon Mthembu.

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