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No quorum for Zandberg's Swim SA appeal

EWN Sport understands South African swimmer Gerhard Zandberg's appeal hearing was postponed.

Cameron van der Bergh and Gerhard Zandberg at OR Tambo airport, 5 August 2009 after returning back from the FINA World Championships in Rome. Picture: Neil McCartney/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News Sport understands South African swimmer Gerhard Zandberg's appeal hearing was postponed on Tuesday because the body failed to constitute the hearing correctly.

He is appealing a fine and sanction handed to him by Swimming South Africa (Swim SA) while at the Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Zandberg's attorney Karen van Eck says when the hearing commenced at 2pm, only independent chairperson Raymond Hack, Swim SA CEO Shaun Adriaanse and Dave Norman were present.

His lawyer argued this is against the body's constitution, which requires a minimum of four members from the executive.

It also doesn't allow for it to be chaired by an independent member.

The 30-year-old backstroker was disciplined just hours before his 50 meter semi-final for moving into a room with his girlfriend without permission.

Zandberg slipped on the wall and failed to progress.

Swim SA did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.

Van Eck confirmed the hearing was postponed to 2 October.

She told Eyewitness News Sport that Zandberg is being patient under trying circumstances.

"He's very disappointed that we couldn't proceed."

Van Eck says Zandberg is unable to compete due to the suspension.

"It does compromise current competitions and we hope that we will be able to finalise the matter early in October so that he can start participating and earn a living of course."