Well done to SASCOC and the Ministry of Sport for stepping up and dealing first hand with a situation that desperately needed intervention. You have now acted in good faith and have the power in your hand to take credible decisions. I hope that this is a lesson to us never to react to situations without getting the facts and extending that critical communication channel before we make comments that may damage the credibility of the Nation. For a while South Africans were starting to be viewed as irrational, uncompromising and irresponsible. With comments like the "World War 3" threat we have lost credibility in the international arena. But now the same ministry has managed to vidicate itself by not only acting in the best interest of the athlete concerned but by also maintaining good international relatons. Lest we forget that we have aspirations of hosting Commonwealth Games and Olympics in the future - How do we expect to get votes and support from an international community that we refuse to engage before taking them on publically. Lesson learn't and well done once again Hon. MEC Sport and Rec as well as Mr. Gideon Sam, Tubby Reddy and the SASCOC Board. To the ASA board - now the doors have been opened for you. Step in and don't stand outside. I challenge you to unite a divided South African Athletics Community in the interest of the sport.
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SASCOC meet Diack
- Updated: November 24, 2009
SASCOC president Gideon Sam and CEO Tubby Reddy had a positive meeting with IAAF president Lamine Diack and his team in Monaco, Tuesday.
At the meeting, the governing body of world athletics, was provided with an update on the setting up of an ad-hoc committee to manage the affairs of athletics in the country for a period of a maximum of six months.
The IAAF were also made aware of the fact that SASCOC board member Ray Mali was appointed as the administrator whose task it is to manage athletics with the ad-hoc committee and eventually set up full elections of a Board for ASA.
They were informed further that the enquiry process will continue under the jurisdiction of SASCOC/ASA on all suspended Board members and staff of ASA.
Well done SASSCOC in taking such a bold step and visit the International Athletics Federation. I hope that IAAF will give full account of the Caster Semenya gender verification. Who lodged an appeal which led to the verification, what happens now to our golden girl. We would like to know as South African. We learned that the information is confidential between the patient and doctor. Who publicised the information that Caster has been gender tested? This information is critical. We appretiate the fact that the ASA board which was implicated has been suspended. Please act urgently and conduct the discipilnary hearing so that we as the concerned citizens know the truth of what really happened.
It is good to see the SASCOC leadership visiting the International Governing body. I trust that they will do this for the athletes of the other federations as well. In doing so they will not have to rely on the officials of their member federations misleading them and disadvantaging the athletes. First hand knowledge of the structure and workings of the International Governing bodies is critical. Good for you!