Cape Town - SASCOC has refuted claims in some Sunday newspapers which allege that South African athletes going to the Rio Olympics will have to pay for their own flights.
In a statement released on Sunday afternoon, SASCOC confirmed that members of the South African team travelling with Team SA will fly out on July 23 aboard a SAA flight to Brazil.
Those athletes flying in from other parts of the world will have their flights paid for by their respective federations. SASCOC will in turn reimburse those federations.
“At the last Olympics in London, athletes who travelled on their own were reimbursed R10 000, while this year we are paying them R12 000. It is strange that this matter is only being raised this year. The reports in the media implying that all athletes have to pay for their flights are a complete distortion of the facts”, said Chief Executive Tubby Reddy.
“We expect the majority of athletes to travel on July 23 and those few athletes choosing to travel to the Games independently of the Team will have their flights paid for by their federation. The federation will then be refunded. Athletes have been fully briefed on this matter by their respective Federations,” added Reddy.