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Athlete in spat over support

2012 Comrades Marathon winner, Ludwick Mamabolo, has lashed out at the Limpopo government, saying they should do more to recognise and look after athletes in the province.

2012 Comrades Marathon winner, Ludwick Mamabolo, has lashed out at the Limpopo government, saying they should do more to recognise and look after athletes in the province.

Mamabolo spoke at a recent ceremony to honour Limpopo athletes at the Peter Mokaba Sports Complex.

He said the provincial government should support him and assist him financially as he needed to feed his family. He said he was offered a good job in Durban and the Limpopo government needed to act quickly to keep him in the province.

“I am one of the best athletes in the province and I should be looked after. I should be supported so that I can look after my family. I will take the offer in Durban if the provincial government does not act quickly,” said Mamabolo.

“The job I was offered is sports related and I am willing to relocate if the premier and department of sport, arts and culture drag their feet. I am a family man and I need to feed my family.”

Limpopo premier, Stanley Mathabatha, said the Limpopo Sports Confederation should come up with a way to retain the province’s top athletes.

He suggested that the confederation establish a sports indaba to unearth and nurture talent.

Joe Mahomole, president of the Limpopo Sports Confederation, said the confederation would look into Mamabolo’s case and find ways to assist other athletes too.

“We will convene a meeting with the confederation board and announce the outcomes of the meeting soon. This issue is first on our priority list and we will deal with it as soon as possible. It is an issue that needs to be addressed and we need to attach a budget to it,” said Mahomole.

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