Athletics South Africa (ASA) has named a 22-member final team for the IAAF World Relays to be held in Yokohama, Japan.
The national team, will consist of 14 men and 8 women, and will compete in the men’s and women’s 4x100m events, as well as the men’s 4x200m and men’s 4x400m as well as the mixed 4x400m.
The men’s 4x100m squad, will feature SA record holder Akani Simbine, Simon Magakwe, Anaso Jobodwana and Emile Erasmus.
Simbine and Jobodwana will lead the 4x200m team, and Gardeo Isaacs will lead the men’s 4x400m squad.
The women’s 4x100m team, will feature Carina Horn, Tebogo Mamatu and hurdler Rikenette Steenkamp.
ASA President, Aleck Skhosana believes he has brought together the strongest athletes from the country;
“We have assembled the strongest squad possible to contest the podium finishes in our first participation. ASA is confident that each individual knows what’s at stake and fly the flag high,” Skhosana said.
The IAAF World Relays will hold between May 11-12, 2019.
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He is joined in South Africa by countrymen Alex Hales, Jason Roy and Tom Curran.
Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone was a surprise first-round pick in the draft for South Africa’s Mzansi Super League on Tuesday. Livingstone, 26, a hard-hitting batsman and leg-spin bowler, was bought by the Cape Town Blitz franchise for a million rand.
Although his international experience is limited to two Twenty20 internationals for England in 2017, Livingstone has played in the Indian and Pakistan Twenty20 leagues with the Rajasthan Royals and Karachi Kings respectively.
He is joined in South Africa by countrymen Alex Hales, Jason Roy and Tom Curran, who had previously been named as international marquee players, earning R1.2-million each, for the Durban Heat, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants and Tshwane Spartans.
English players dominated the foreign signings for the six franchises. Veteran batsman Ravi Bopara was bought by Durban Heat for R750,000 while England World Cup-winning squad member James Vince went to the Paarl Rocks for R350,000.
West Indian Chris Gayle was again signed as a marquee player for Jozi Stars, the defending champions, while Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz was assigned to the Cape Town Blitz and Isuru Udana of Sri Lanka joined the Paarl Rocks.
Jozi Stars retained Australian all-rounder Dan Christian while fellow Australian Ben Dunk was bought by Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. Pakistanis Asif Ali and Mohammad Nawaz were retained by Cape Town Blitz.
Seventeen-year-old Afghanistan left-arm wrist spinner Waqar Salamkheil, who took four wickets on his Test debut against Ireland in March, will join the Tshwane Spartans. He was a ninth-round choice for a fee of R180,000.
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Cricket South Africa said 184 foreign or South African Kolpak players had put their names forward for the draft. The overseas players will join South Africa’s leading cricketers, including some such as AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel who are unlikely to play any other cricket in their home country during the season.
Rugby player Dyantyi fails B sample drug test in South Africa
Dyantyi insisted he had not taken any banned substance and requested a B sample test.
Springbok Aphiwe Dyantyi’s B sample has tested positive for banned substances, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport said Friday. It was disclosed last weekend that the 2018 Rugby World Breakthrough Player of the Year had tested positive after a Springbok training camp in July.
Dyantyi, who missed out on a chance of selection for the Rugby World Cup in Japan this month because of a hamstring injury, insisted he had not taken any banned substance and requested a B sample test.
“I want to deny ever taking any prohibited substance, intentionally or negligently, to enhance my performance on the field,” he said after the A sample result was disclosed. “I have never cheated and never will. The presence of this prohibited substance in my body has come as a massive shock to me.”
The 24-year-old winger from the Golden Lions club in Johannesburg can accept the charge and plea for a reduced sanction or appeal before an independent tribunal panel. Should he plead not guilty, there will be a hearing within four weeks and Dyantyi must provide evidence that proves his innocence.
Springboks appoints coach Felix Jones to World Cup technical team
Replacing Swys de Bruin, Jones will act as defence consultant during the September – November World Cup
South Africa have added former Ireland international Felix Jones to the coaching team for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, the national rugby body announced Wednesday.
His surname will excite superstitious South African supporters as Australian Eddie Jones was a Springbok assistant coach when they last won the tournament 12 years ago.
The Irishman will act as defence consultant during the September 20-November 2 World Cup, filling a vacancy created when attack coach Swys de Bruin withdrew for medical reasons several weeks ago.
Springboks head coach, Rassie Erasmus said the squad preferred to have a defence coach, believing an attack coach could introduce new ideas and sow confusion.
“I spoke to the players after Swys decided to step down and the consensus was that we did not want a new attack coach,” said Erasmus.
“But they were interested in having more analysis of defensive patterns and structures to assist in breaking down opponents.”
Jones, 32, won 13 caps for Ireland at full-back or wing during a 10-year playing career with the Leinster and Munster provincial teams.
After retiring four years ago, he became part of the Munster coaching set-up and also worked briefly as an assistant coach of Ireland.
Other Springbok assistant coaches include former Scotland forward Matthew Proudfoot and ex-South Africa sevens star Mzwandile Stick.
South Africa are in Pool B at the World Cup with defending champions New Zealand, Canada, Italy and Namibia.
The Springboks and All Blacks are expected to fill the top two positions in the final standings and secure quarter-final places.
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