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Zandberg fights to clear name

The swimmer has approached the high court in a bid to overturn his suspension and fine.

Cameron van der Bergh (L) and Gerhard Zandberg at OR Tambo airport. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Recently retired swimmer Gerhard Zandberg on Tuesday confirmed he will go to the high court in a bid to overturn a suspended sentence and fine handed to him by Swimming South Africa.

He was suspended following an incident while on tour in August.

Zandberg was disciplined just hours before his 50-metre backstroke semi-final for swapping rooms without the consent of the team management at the FINA Swimming World Championships.

Papers were served on the governing body on Monday.

South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) chief executive officer (CEO) Tubby Reddy confirmed to Eyewitness News that they were named as a respondent in the matter.

But the CEO says Sascoc has nothing to do with the situation at hand.

Lawyer Karin van Eck says they're taking this course of action because they believe Zandberg has been wrongly punished.

"It's based on no rule at all; it's based on the wrong ideas. It's based on a disciplinary [hearing] that was constituted incorrectly and that should never have gone forward."

She said Zandberg felt he deserved better treatment.

"He feels that he cannot just leave it there. He was wronged, he's had a very successful career for 15 years and that is not the way to treat someone of his stature."