My City Press: Leonard Chuene Heroic

2009-09-22 06:10

What’s the fuss all about? Political parties are out for Chuene’s

blood. Do they really know what they want or don’t want? What wrong did

Leonard really do?

I must admit that ASA was wrong to test Caster for Sex without her

knowledge. It was short sighted and I will accept an apology for that. But to

ask for Leonard to resign or be fired its both opportunistic and populist.

I find it very difficult that Caster would rather have the other

way round. Which is not having being afforded an opportunity to compete? Imagine

if Leornard had prevented Caster from going to beigin. That would have being

cowardice, it would being moronic.

Caster is now the best Women 800m athlete in the World, not even

stripping her of her Medal will change that. She has created a brand out of

herself and if well managed this brand will last forever. Caster’s situation may

look doom and gloomy, but she is a heroin without any doubt and Leonard has a

lot to do with that.

Now, what went wrong here? The fact is IAAF made the biggest

blunder of leaking Caster Semenya’s private and personal information, the

situation that ASA managed with flying colours.

Those who feel that ASA should have stopped Caster from going to

Bejing probably do not have children, if they do, they don’t care about their

children. Caster’s parents must be grateful to Leonard for protecting their

daughter’s ability to express her God given talent.

Everyone who has called for Leonard’s head have not thought of

Caster’s eagerness to compete in athletics, they have not thought of her love

for athletics. They have not thought of her longing to prove to the world that

she is indeed the best athelete in the World.

Could it be that such people and organisations were driven by their

own personal and organisational ambitions of using populism and opportunism to

enter into the voter’s mind without really taking into account the moral of the


It must be noted that populism and opportunism is a fake license

into the voter’s mind.

Now is very important for Leonard to finish his job. He must ensure

that Caster keeps her right to run. He must ensure that Caster keeps running

both locally and globally. He must ensure that the pain that Caster has suffered

through the public humiliation by the recklessness of IAAF is stopped and

forever so.

I sit here and refuse any statement and move that seeks to say that

it was wrong for Caster to have gone to compete. I refuse the dirty mentality

that seeks to suggest that Caster must no longer compete.

ASA may have not been perfect in their treatment of Caster, but

they have protected her and her talent to the end. They protected her from the

hungry media and opportunistic politicians until IAAF messed it up.

I say to Leonard, please do all you can to protect Caster. If she

looses her right to compete, it could be worse than the turmoil she has faced


Remember that, those who are blaming you have no idea, of the value

of the talent to the bearer of the talent. Those who call for your head are

probably not talented or do not have talented kids. They are probably jealous of

Caster’s talent and are wondering why their own kids cant be as good, it is pull

him down syndrome. Some are really concerned about scoring political points by

using the fake license of populism and opportunism to get into the voter’s



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