Leonard Cheune gets the chop


AN unholy mess – that’s what one-time athletics boss Leonard Chuene has left in his wake. At least, that’s the sentiment of the people now trying to pick up the pieces after his unceremonious exit recently.

In fact the criticism of Chuene has been so resounding and has come from so many quarters that the public has been left wondering why he was not removed from power earlier. The answer is that before his official fall from grace Chuene had a proud and successful history.

Once a serious athlete himself, few people know that he was the man who together with middle-distance runners Matthews “Loop en Val” Motshwarateu, Matthews Batswadi and Matthews Temane, helped put South African athletics on the world map. Way back in the ’70s and ’80s the half-marathon runner and his friend, runner Banele Sindane, helped to establish athletics clubs in Soweto and he went on to be at the forefront of integration in athletics as president of the South African Amateur Athletics Congress.

Read the article in the Drum of 3 March 2011 – and share your views below.

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