Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
3 Oct 2013
6:00 am

Zandberg awaits ban findings

Wesley Botton

Backstroke specialist Gerhard Zandberg, right, should hear next week whether he faces a ban from competitive swimming.

Zandberg’s lawyer, Karen van Eck, confirmed his appeal hearing was held yesterday and they were now awaiting the findings. “The hearing was completed and we’ll probably receive the results in a week’s time,” Van Eck said.

She would not be drawn on her expectations of the result, but confirmed that Zandberg still faced five possible sanctions, aside from a R15 000 fine, of which R5 000 was suspended.

“I don’t really want to elaborate on that, but we’re happy with the way the hearing was handled and the constitutional process that was followed,” Van Eck said. “There are five sanctions which could be altered or dropped completely.”

Zandberg was suspended and fined after sharing a hotel room with his girlfriend, without permission from team management at the Fina World Championships in Barcelona in August.

The 30-year-old Zandberg faced a disciplinary hearing just hours before the men’s 50m backstroke semifinals at the global spectacle.

The four-time World Championships medallist was fourth fastest in the heats but slipped on the wall and was eliminated after finishing sixth in his semifinal.

His initial appeal hearing on September 17 was postponed because Swimming South Africa did not have a quorum of four people and appointed an independent chairman, Raymond Hack, which was allegedly in conflict with the federation’s constitution.