SPORTS DAY: Enough talk of gender and muscles, already

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SPORTS DAY: Enough talk of gender and muscles, already

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ATHLETICS
Semenya hits back at athletics boss
Caster Semenya has lambasted world athletics boss Sebastian Coe for opening old wounds by effectively questioning her gender. Semenya objected to Coe’s recent comments to the Australian Daily Telegraph, particularly when he said: “The reason we have gender classification is because if you didn’t then no woman would ever win another title or another medal or break another record in our sport.” The paper itself referred to “the muscle-packed Semenya”. SOCCER
Libyan fans chanted ‘Bafana f*** you’
Stuart Baxter has praised Bafana Bafana for responding superbly to new tactics from the coach in a hostile environment. beating Libya. “I don’t know if anybody could work out what the Libyan fans were chanting. But it was ‘Bafana, f*** you’. “And it was‚ like‚ 14‚000 people‚ and throwing bottles at the technical area‚ and so on.” Baxter praised the hard work of his team adapting to instructions for a new 3-5-2 formation as qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. “Dean Furman‚ for example – in a normal PSL game a player will run about 10.2km – Dean ran 11.9km. We had two or three who were over 11km. So they gave their sweat and blood.”
Tau benefiting from move to Europe: Baxter
Percy Tau has reaped massive benefits from his move to Belgium and Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter believes that it’s only a matter of time before he graduates to a top European league. “I think Percy is going to be an important player for SA for a long time. I think he has got better since he got to Belgium,” Baxter said. “I think he needs to make another step [move to a top league in Europe] and I think he will do it.”
Keet would turn down Sundowns
Bidvest Wits and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Darren Keet says he would turn down Mamelodi Sundowns even if Patrice Motsepe’s champions dangled a R1m a month carrot in front of him. Keet’s contract is set to come to an end in the coming weeks, but he insisted on Wednesday that he would either remain at Wits or move to an overseas team.
Zimbabwe will be tough: Coach
SA under-23 coach David Notoane expects a tough encounter against Zimbabwe in June‚ in a qualifier where the winner will reach the 2019 Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations. The top three will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “Ja‚ it’s a tough one. We expected it‚ in any case. We have sent our foot-soldiers to go and check what Zimbabwe are about‚” Notoane said.
RUGBY
Shakes takes over Blitzboks captaincy
Siviwe Soyizwapi will captain the Blitzboks for the first time when they attempt to win the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens for the first time next weekend. Shakes, as Soyizwapi is fondly known‚ takes over from Philip Snyman‚ who has not fulfilled all his concussion protocols following a head knock in Vancouver earlier this month, when SA clinched their first victory of the season.
CRICKET
Gibson is 99.9% sure of World Cup team
SA coach Ottis Gibson says he is 99.9% sure of who will go to the ICC World Cup in England in May. “We have to sit with fingers crossed because my experience of the IPL is that there is always somebody coming back with an injury‚” he said.
MOTOR SPORT
Vettel seeks Ferrari boost in Bahrain
Sebastian Vettel will be aiming for his third successive Bahrain Grand Prix win on Sunday as Ferrari seek to show their lack of pace in F1’s Australian season opener was a one-off. “In Bahrain, we expect to see the effect of the corrections we have made,” said principal Mattia Binotto, who replaced Maurizio Arrivabene at the helm before the start of the season.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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