The Rio Games have been an incredible experience for Wayde van Niekerk.
Not only did the record-breaking 400 m star walk away with gold-medal glory, he also got to rub shoulders with some of the world's most inspiring athletes. One such sportsman was Sonny Bill Williams, who competed for New Zealand in the sevens rugby event. Wayde was clearly star-struck when he met the New Zealander -- as was Sonny.
"What a humbling moment meeting you," Wayde retweeted the happy photo. "Blessings."
Sonny originally shared the photo on his Twitter account, with the caption, "Meet the 400m world champ today such a humble dude, good luck my South African brother."
Meet the 400m world champ today such a humble dude, good luck my South African brother @WaydeDreamer #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/n4hTAVFjHD — Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) August 4, 2016
But according to Rapport, The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee's bosses weren't happy with the snap.
The Afrikaans newspaper claims SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy even ordered Wayde to remove it from Twitter.
Wayde’s teammates told the outlet that Reddy was "furious" because Wayde was wearing a t-shirt from one of his sponsors, Adidas.
"Tubby had harsh words with him and ordered him to remove the photo off Twitter,” one Team SA member said.
"He [Wayde] was not fazed and refused. We’re not allowed to pose on social media in clothes not provided by SASCOC or the IOC [International Olympic Committee]."
Reddy has denied the incident, but did say: "I do however know that shortly before he won his medal he was addressed because he was wearing Adidas clothes.
"Wayde broke the rules, because for the duration of the Games he belongs to the South African team and not his sponsors Adidas. The guys who sponsor the Games pay a lot and then other companies come and take chances. I’m not on social media. I believe it violates your privacy."
Sources: Sport24, Rapport