Athletics

Sascoc still supports athletes

2013-08-22 21:30
SASCOC logo

Johannesburg - The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) revealed on Thursday it had backtracked on its decision to withhold funding from track and field athletes.

"As of 15 July 2013, Sascoc decided to voluntarily and magnanimously continue to support athletes on Operation Excellence Programme (Opex) to ensure they are not prejudiced in any way because of ASA's suspension," the Olympic body said in a statement on Thursday.

At the end of June, South Africa's Olympic governing body suspended Athletics SA (ASA) after its members ignored the sanctions placed on its board.

Sascoc also announced at the time all athletes registered with ASA would be removed from the Opex programme, which provides funding and support to a selected number of athletes.

The tier-one athletes on the programme include former Olympic long jump silver medallist Khotso Mokoena, sprinting sensation Anaso Jobodwana and African women's javelin record holder Sunette Viljoen.

Sascoc said it had suspended ASA in terms of Clause 9.3 of its Articles of Association which gave it the power to "suspend, fine and terminate" the membership of any federation which infringed the Sascoc constitution or brought the organisation into disrepute.

However, earlier in June, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) reaffirmed its support for the elected ASA board members, led by embattled president James Evans.

The IAAF refused to recognise the Sascoc-appointed ASA administrator Zola Majavu, tasked with solving the association's financial problems.

Majavu had since vacated his post, little more than two months after he was appointed by Sascoc.

It had come to light on Thursday, Sascoc said, that the IAAF had appointed Cheikh Thiare, executive assistant to IAAF president Lamine Diack, together with IOC member Sam Ramsamy, to resolve the matter of ASA's suspension.

Read more on:    sascoc  |  athletics
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Patriotism aside, who do you feel deserved to win the 2017 Laureus Breakthrough of the Year award?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.