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SASCOC ADHERES TO THE IOC OLYMPIC CHARTER
- Updated: November 8, 2013
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) hereby clarifies a matter that was raised involving the alleged breach of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Charter in reference to the National Olympic bodys Board Members allowances.
On 6 May 2013, James Evans wrote an open letter to SASCOC President, Mr Gideon Sam, which mysteriously found its way into the media, questioning the Employee benefit allowances that SASCOCs Board Members receive in reference to the Annual Financial Statements for 2012 that are publicly available. He referred to the Olympic Charter: Bye-law 1.6 of the Bye-law to Rules 27 and 28 of the Olympic Charter which states:
The members of an NOC, except for professional sports administrators, shall not accept any compensation or bonus of any kind in consideration for their services or for the performance of their duties. They may be reimbursed for their travelling, accommodation and other expenses incurred in the carrying out of their functions.
Subsequently, on 7 May 2013, in referral to this open letter, David Isaacson wrote a letter directly to Mr Jerome Poivey from the IOC questioning if the SASCOC Board Members are entitled to the allowances they are receiving, or if they are contravening the Olympic Charter.
On 14 May 2013, Mr Poivey referred back this query from the journalist to SASCOC CEO, Mr Tubby Reddy, seeking clarification on the matter. Consequently, on 15 May 2013, Mr Reddy sent a communiqu├® to the IOC explaining the background of the query on Board Members allowances, which originated from the suspension of the President of ASA who himself is being investigated for maladministration of funds and publishing an open letter addressed to Mr Sam. This communiqu also highlighted that in respect of payment of allowances to SASCOC Board Members, the Annual General Meeting unanimously approved allowances for such members.
Mr Poivey acknowledged receipt of the email on 23 May 2013 and that the IOC were happy with the very clear answer that SASCOC gave them. However, one member of SASCOC, Mind Sport South Africa (MSSA) continued to insinuate that the IOC had not cleared the issue. Therefore for ease of reference, please find a letter dated 7th November 2013 from the IOC to reconfirm that the IOC is fully satisfied with the clear explanation that was presented by SASCOC. The IOC therefore confirms that SASCOC had not breached any rules of the Olympic Charter.