Zola Budd was seen
warming up last June before a cross-country race in Brakpan, South Africa. The
South African-born runner, who is now a British subject, apparently did not
participate in the race. "The idea that I would jeopardize my career by
racing in South Africa is ridiculous," Budd, 21, told The Sunday Times of
London. But because a South African newspaper caption writer erroneously
identified a similar-looking runner in the Brakpan cross-country race, Agnes
Berger, as Budd, Budd has been grounded.
Citing that June
race, the International Amateur Athletic Federation ( IAAF) has barred Budd from
any further races until April 15, when it holds a hearing on charges that she
competed in South Africa, a nation off-limits to international athletes because
of its apartheid policies. She had to bow out of the World Cross Country
Championships last week in Auckland, New Zealand. In addition, an invitation to
run in the Ha worth 10K last Sunday in New York's Central Park was withdrawn.
In other words, Budd is presumed guilty until proved innocent.
feeling among British track and field insiders that the IAAF has mounted its
investigation only to avoid controversy; eight of the first nine finishers in
the men's division at the World Cross Country Championships were from Kenya, a
nation that had threatened to boycott the meet if Budd had been permitted to
run. Perhaps the whole matter will be cleared up on April 15, but there are
fears that the former world-record holder in the 5,000 meters will remain a
constant source of controversy through the 1988 Olympics.
Budd does bring
some of the trouble down on herself by continuing to appear in South Africa.
While she is perfectly within her rights to return to her native land, she
would help her cause by not making any more public appearances in that
JOCK IN THE BOX
By day Sandy Hawley
rides horses at Santa Anita. By night he tends the visitors' penalty box at NHL
games in the Forum. "I like being where the action is," Hawley told
Scott Ostler of the Los Angeles Times. "I get to meet a lot of the players,
and that's exciting. It's an honor meeting some of these guys."
It should be an
honor for them, as well. In 1986 Hawley, 38, became only the seventh jockey to
win 5,000 races, and in 1973, he became the first to win 500 races in a year.
He has made comebacks from several operations and is currently undergoing
treatment for melanoma, a form of skin cancer. He has always enjoyed the
reputation of being a true gentleman.
It was quite
natural for Hawley to go from the Sport of Kings to the sport of the L. A.
Kings, because he grew up in Oshawa, Ont., near Toronto. Hawley was just a fan
at Kings games until a few years ago, when he was asked to fill in for the
regular keeper of the visitors' box. Hawley has been there for almost every
home game since. For $300 a season, plus two tickets a game, he keeps track of
the transgressors' penalty time, keeps them company and puts fresh pucks into
Hawley does his
night job with skill and without much fanfare. As Ostler wrote, "Many of
the players seem unaware that the fellow tending their penalty box so
efficiently is a major celebrity, a superstar in a sport that is faster, more
violent and infinitely more dangerous than their own."