South African track sprint champion Morne Blignaut faces a disciplinary hearing after an incident at the Tri-nations track meeting at Belleville Velodrome on Friday night. According to reports, Blignaut appealed to officials after the third race in the sprint final, believing he had been impeded by team-mate Dean Edwards.
Blignaut was unhappy with the officials' response and became angry. When team manager Willie Newman attempted to calm Blignaut, an altercation ensued in which Blignaut allegedly shoved or hit Newman. Blignaut then left the velodrome, allegedly throwing his national team clothing into a dustbin first.
Blignaut was disqualified from the sprint and faces a suspension of up to 12 months.