Australia scoff at racism claim

2012-12-20 10:04

Sydney - Athletics Australia have rejected claims of racial vilification and discrimination made by 400-metre runner John Steffensen before the London Olympics.

Steffensen, born in Australia and of African heritage, claimed racism was behind him not getting a starting berth in the individual 400-meters at London.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games champion also claimed he was the subject of racial slurs by team officials during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Athletics Australia said in a statement on Thursday that the racial vilification and discrimination claims "cannot be substantiated either generally or in relation to his non-selection in the individual men's 400."

He must appear before an independent tribunal next month to answer to breaches of AA's code of conduct and could be suspended.


  • goyougoodthing - 2012-12-20 10:50

    FFS playing the race card because: 1. You're not good enough on merit 2. You want to be treated differently 3. The world is not fair

  • nick.terry.3152 - 2012-12-20 10:51

    So he's not selected and suddenly claims of racism from 2008 are raised. Maybe Australia has the right to "scoff' at these claims. Whilst racism cannot be tolerated it has become "easy" to lodge a complaint at anybody who at some point in the past said or did something that is "interpreted" as racism. Certainly if you want something done or have a need to engender some support of others then claims of racism seems to have become the general modus operandi.

  • John - 2012-12-20 12:01

    How would you feel if a slower guy than you was selected ahead of you........

      goyougoodthing - 2012-12-20 13:15

      I'd feel like Bismark du Plessis being bench for fatboy Smit, or Lambie for Steyn. Of course, this guy could also just be a ginourmous prick that no one wants to be around.

  • keith.staniford - 2012-12-20 12:25

    Being Black does NOT and should not give you the automatic choice over races of other colour! The sooner our black brothers accept this and stop bitching and whining, the better for all concerned.

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