Votes do the talking for SA Sports Star of the Year The awarding of the SA Sports Star of the Year to Kaizer Chiefs’ Itumeleng Khune has sparked a huge public debate. Some believe swimming world champion Chad le Clos deserves the sports award over the Bafana captain. Khune walked away with a R1?million grand prize and a brand-new BMW. The two were nominated in the same category with cricketer Hashim Amla, mid-distance runner Mapaseka Makhanya and Lucas Sithole, the wheelchair tennis star. But what came from the raging debate showed that some people were concerned about the criteria used to determine the winner. According to the awards rule book: “Sports Star of the Year is voted for by the public via an SMS voting line. The candidate for the award must have competed in South Africa during the awards qualifying period and been the country’s most popular athlete during the qualifying period.” The candidates were nominated by the awards voting panel based on their performances between October 2012 and August this year. “I still don’t understand how Khune beat you [Le Clos]. I mean he only won two medals and you won 24 gold medals,” Clement Sono posted on Facebook. Nkosinathi Shabalala added: “You [Le Clos] were absolutely robbed.” And Jacinta Zinhle Ngobese added: “He [Khune] actually was nominated and it was open for the public to vote, which makes no sense at all. Unfortunately, they voted and a goalkeeper won because he’s popular. We all know Chad is the greatest sports star in the world, not just SA.” However, Bheki Mtshali said: “People forget that Chiefs is a big family, bigger than any other families in South Africa. Unfortunately, only votes do the talking in this whole thing ... You guys must vote next time and stop complaining.” Added Nduduzo Okagubhela Mkhize: “Hey people, Khune didn’t vote for himself.” He added that the organisers should consider introducing the Most Popular Sports Star award in future and leave the judging panel with the task of choosing the winner on merit. And if that was the case with the event at Sun City last Sunday, Le Clos would have been the ultimate winner. Chad le Clos’s achievement Chad le Clos. Picture: Felix Dlangamandla/Foto24 Age:21 Chad’s achievements between October 2012 and August 2013 FINA Swimming World Cup Eindhoven, the Netherlands August 7-8: Gold – 100m butterfly (49.08); 200m butterfly (1:49.04 – world record); Bronze – 50m butterfly (22.62) Berlin, Germany August 10-11: Gold – 200m butterfly (1:49.90); Silver – 100m butterfly (49.48); 200m individual medley (IM) (1:52.11); Bronze – 50m butterfly (22.53) August 30: Appointed the International Olympic Committee official ambassador to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China World Championships July-August: Gold – 100m butterfly (51.06); 200m butterfly (1:54.32) National Order April 23: Awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in silver SA National Aquatic Championships April 15-20: Gold – 100m butterfly (51.79); 200m butterfly (1:56.35); 100m freestyle (48.95); 200m freestyle (1:48.63); Silver – 50m butterfly (23.72) FINA World Short Course Championships December 2012: Gold?–?100m?butterfly?(48.82); Silver?–?50m butterfly (22.26) Itumeleng Khune’s achievement Itumeleng Khune. Picture: Trevor Kunene/Daily Sun Age: 26 Achievements between October 2012 and August 2013 National team January 12: Khune earns his 50th Bafana cap League awards May 26 Absa Premiership Footballer of the Season Players’ Player of the Season Goalkeeper of the Season Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament Club awards (Kaizer Chiefs) May 31 Player of the Season Players’ Player of the Season Online Player of the Season Amakhosi Magazine Readers’ Choice »?Talk to us: How should the Sa Sports Star of the Year Be chosen?