- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 7:53AM
South Africa's champion world record 400m runner was ordered to remove a photo of himself on Twitter standing alongside his hero Sonny Bill Williams.
Not everyone was happy with the photo of Wayde van Niekerk and Williams who was at the Olympics representing New Zealand in the sevens rugby event because of the clothing the South African was wearing.
You.co.za reported the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee bosses told the gold medalist to remove the photo from Twitter because he was wearing his sponsor Adidas' clothing.
The South African Olympics team had apparently been told they were only allowed to post photos of themselves wearing clothes supplied by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee or the International Olympic Committee, You.co.za wrote.
However both van Niekerk and Williams were apparently stoked to meet each other, both posting the photo on their Twitter accounts. Neither photo has been removed.
Williams tweeted the photo first, writing: "Meet the 400m world champ today such a humble dude, good luck my South African brother."
It was followed by another tweet congratulating his "brother" on his win.
Van Niekerk also tweeted about the photo, saying: "What a humbling moment meeting you ... blessings."
That was followed by Van Niekerk's response to the controversy, in the below tweet:
😂whats this? 1stly Day 1 we only received kit the night. And 2ndly it's Sonny bill who wouldn't take a pic? 😂😂😂 https://t.co/Sxn2MMmfdH— Wayde van Niekerk (@WaydeDreamer) August 23, 2016