Olympic champion and world 400m record holder Wayde van Niekerk on Sunday pleaded with Sascoc to pick middle distance runner Dominique Scott-Efurd.
“Sascoc please put @domscottrunSA [Scott-Efurd] in the Commonwealth team already please,” tweeted Van Niekerk on Sunday.
The 25-year-old Scott-Efurd was not part of the 169-member national team that was announced on January 30 by Sascoc for the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.
Her performances on the track have seen Scott-Efurd hailed as the best SA long distance prospect on the track since Elana Meyer, who famously won silver at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 in the 10 000m.
Scott-Efurd on Saturday smashed her own SA record – by nearly 13 seconds – for the 3000m indoor event at the NYRR Millrose Games in New York when she ran eight minutes 41.18 seconds. Scott-Efurd finished third in the event narrowly behind winner Aisha Praught-Leer (8:41.10) and World champion in the 3000m steeplechase Emma Coburn (8:41.16).
Since representing South Africa at the Rio Olympics in 2016, the multiple SA record holder – holding the 800m, 1500m and 3000m SA indoor records – would have found her non-selection for her country baffling.
Scott-Efurd was previously not selected for the 2017 World Championships despite meeting the IAAF qualifying standard for the event, with ASA imposing their own qualifying standards. Now, Scott-Efurd again will not be taking part in a major global athletics event which could force her to reconsider her future.
Although born in Cape Town, Scott-Efurd moved to the USA when she turned 18 where she studied and competed for the University of Arkansas. She has since married American Cameron Efurd and holds dual citizenship.
Since Van Niekerk has now brought Scott-Efurd’s non-selection into the spotlight, it will indeed be intriguing to see how exactly Sascoc will react.