Athletics SA (ASA) has retaliated against outspoken Comrades women’s champion Ann Ashworth‚ starting disciplinary action that could lead to her being banned from running and even possibly stripped of her crown. The federation has drawn up a charge sheet containing a shotgun blast of allegations‚ from bringing the sport into disrepute for her recent criticism of the organisation to cheating while running to victory in the 90.184km ultra-marathon this year. Ashworth‚ an advocate‚ confirmed she received the charge sheet through her attorneys on Friday afternoon. "I have taken legal advice‚" she said. "I will be strongly defending all charges, which are purely an attempt to bully and intimidate me. This is their way of keeping me quiet." The ASA document‚ headlined Disciplinary Proceedings‚ lists three charges against Ashworth‚ but broken down they add up to nine individual accusations‚ including two alternative charges. The charges are largely vague and lack detail. Six of the accusati...

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