Cape Town - Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile
Mbalula, has congratulated Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk following their
nominations for the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF)
World Athlete of the Year awards.
“Our athletes continue to make the country proud uniting us
behind our common vision of a winning nation. It has been a year full of
activities for athletics and our South African athletes represented us well.
Wayde’s record breaking performance and Caster’s thrilling run will be the
highlights in sporting history. Both athletes affirmed us as a nation of
champions. It is with pride and excitement to learn of their nominations. These
prestigious awards present yet another platform to inspire more young athletes
to represent our country with excellence,” Mbalula said.
Mbalula called on South Africans to use the IAAF
social media platforms and website to vote for Semenya and Van Niekerk so to
contribute in a pubic voting process that will, among others, be factored
towards their win.
The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family* will cast their votes by email,
while fans can vote online via the IAAF's social media platforms.
Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook and Twitter later this week; a 'like' or 'favourite' will count as one vote.
The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the
IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the
Voting closes on 1 November.
**IAAF Family: IAAF member federations, IAAF Committee members, IAAF
meeting directors, IAAF athlete ambassadors, athletes’ representatives,
top athletes, members of the international press, IAAF staff members and
the IAAF’s official partners.