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Agitated: Peet van Zyl (left) with Wayde van Niekerk and coach Ans Botha. Van Zyl has taken a swipe at Athletics SA  Picture: Felix Dlangamandla
Agitated: Peet van Zyl (left) with Wayde van Niekerk and coach Ans Botha. Van Zyl has taken a swipe at Athletics SA Picture: Felix Dlangamandla

Johannesburg - Wayde van Niekerk’s agent has branded Athletics SA (ASA) a bunch of clowns for their role in the developing impasse over whether the country’s top sprinters will attend the national championships or the world relay championships late next month.

The SA Senior National Championships are scheduled to take place in Potchefstroom on April 21 and 22, which is the same weekend the IAAF’s World Relay Championships will take place in the Bahamas.

ASA, whose planning – or lack thereof – scuppered the possibility of South Africa entering a 4x100m relay team at the Olympics in Rio last year, appears to be overcompensating by insisting that the country’s leading sprinters skip the national champs in favour of the relays.

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