Botswana’s 400m Olympiad, Lydia Jele (28) is going through the toughest time of her budding career after the international athletics body, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) indefinitely and provisionally suspended her over alleged use of banned substances. When contacted for comment, Jele’s manager, South African renowned athlete manager, Peet van Zyl said he was still reeling from shock on the latest news of her client.
He said the primary organizations on the matter have not yet contacted him to relay the status of his athlete and therefore he cannot comment. “I have not yet received any communication from either the IAAF or the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Jele and as thus cannot give further comment on the status of Lydia as an athlete,” said Zyl.
Zyl has over the years managed other renowned athletes such as Oscar Pistorius, Wayne Van Nierkek, Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies among others. The newly formed wing under the IAAF takes over from the IAAF’s former anti-doping department, a responsibility for the management of all aspects of the anti-doping programme for international-level athletes and their athlete support personnel as well as for the management of all other integrity-related programmes operated in elite athletics.
The AIU manages a full range of functional activities, including education/prevention, testing, intelligence gathering, investigations, results management, prosecutions and appeals. It will also have a key role in monitoring the compliance of Member Federations with their obligations under the Integrity Code of Conduct.
Meanwhile should Jele be found guilty, she might be slapped with a ban not less than two years and consequently lose her endorsement deals among them Nike.