Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
5 Mar 2015
4:55 pm

Cyclist suspended for racial slur

Wesley Botton

Racism would not be tolerated in South African cycling, the national federation warned on Wednesday, after two riders were accused of making bigoted comments in a race.

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“The (initial) matter involved the rider Dusty Day who (allegedly) referred to fellow cyclist Luthando Kaka by the derogatory ‘K-word’ during a road race on February 15,” Cycling SA said in a statement on Thursday. The matter had been taken to the CSA disciplinary committee and Day was provisionally suspended.

Day had laid a counter charge against Kaka who was also placed under provisional suspension, though it was later lifted “by mutual agreement” between the parties until the finalisation of the disciplinary process. “Cycling SA would like to place on record its utter disappointment at this very unfortunate incident and we view the matter in a very serious light,” the federation said.

“There is no place for such racial behaviour in our sport and society. “Cycling SA further reiterates its zero tolerance approach to racism.”