No medal target – ASA

ASA President James Evans says they don't want to put unfair pressure on athletes.

Anaso Jobodwana has won gold in the men's 100 metre event at the World University Games. PICTURE: IAAF

CAPE TOWN - Athletics South Africa (ASA) has not set a medal haul target for the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

But ASA President James Evans believes he has one of the best teams ever assembled.

ASA named a provisional team of 30 athletes, including long jumper Khotso Mokoena, 400 metre (m) hurdler LJ van Zyl and sprint sensation Anaso Jobodwana.

Caster Semenya is the big name missing.

She has until 29 July to run a time of 2:01 to qualify for the 800m event.

Evans says they don't want to put unfair pressure on athletes.

"One thing we try and avoid is making medal predictions. You can make a bold statement that you're going to get 12 medals, and if you don't get it, then you have to explain what you've done. We'll never make a medals prediction because it puts unfair pressure on the athletes."

Evans says Jobodwana has a good chance.

"We have a very competitive team this year. Just think of Jobodwana who won double gold at the World Student Games recently.

"With all the guys being caught with drugs, he might even be a medal contender.

"We've got some very seasoned campaigners with Lehann Fourie who was in the Olympic final last year and Khotso Mokoena who's a former world champion. It's a very competitive team."