Athletics SA coach resigns

Monday, September 7, 2009

Pretoria - Wilfred Daniels announced his resignation as Athletics South Africa coach at the weekend.

Athletics SA General Manager Molatelo Malehopo confirmed on Monday morning that Daniels had resigned on 1 September. However, he could not confirm whether the coach had quit over the debacle over the gender testing of current 800m world champion, Caster Semenya.

"I can confirm his resignation, but I need to indicate, however, that he did not furnish us with reasons behind his resignation. We believe that he made this decision at his own free will," he said.

He told BuaNews Athletics SA would hold a board meeting this weekend to discuss a replacement for Daniels.

Daniels, 58 resigned from all SA athletics bodies in a letter to the Athletics SA. He has been the chief couch of the national team since 1993.

During the World Athletics Championships in Berlin last month, the International Association of Athletics Federations announced that Caster would undergo tests to verify her gender, sparking an outcry in South Africa, including President Jacob Zuma.