Extinct Athletics South Africa (ASA) president Leonard Chuene has died, the Comrades Marathon Affiliation (CMA) has confirmed.
He used to be 68 years outdated.
In an announcement launched on Saturday, the CMA stated it used to be saddened by the “tragic passing of Comrades Marathon Honorary Member,
Green Number runner and ragged Athletics South Africa President, Leonard
Chuene performed 12 Comrades
Marathons between 1987 and 2000, earning 11 bronze medals and one Silver medal.
He accomplished his Simplest Time of 07: 19: 25 in the 1991 Comrades Marathon Down Trail at
the age of 38.
Chuene ran for the Diepkloof
Athletic Membership, of which he used to be additionally a lengthy-standing chairperson; as successfully as
being a member of Central Gauteng Blind Sports actions in his later years.
He has additionally been credited
with founding the Soweto Marathon, alongside with athletics administrator, Banele
Sindani and pattern officer, Boycie Ntlwane.
Chuene used to be honoured with
CMA Honorary Life Membership on the 2002 Spirit of Comrades Awards Gala,
alongside lengthy-serving volunteer, Theo Millar who used to be awarded Life Membership
and light CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn, awarded Life Membership with Honours.
Winn has extended her
heartfelt condolences on behalf of the CMA Board to the Chuene household, mates
and running community.
“We are deeply saddened by the premature passing
of a correct Comrade, Leonard Chuene,” she stated in an announcement.
“His passion for the Comrades Marathon and
running in general shall be remembered by many, as successfully as his contribution to
athletics at some level of his lengthy tenure at our athletics federation, ASA. Our
thoughts are alongside with his loved ones at this sad time.”
Chuene used to be a key figure in Caster Semenya’s early years on the area stage and his handling of the gender case that adopted Semenya just isn’t without prolong what price him his job in South African athletics.
– CMA media