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Rio Olympics Selection Criteria

The SASCOC Board on Tuesday, 19 May 2015, reviewed the qualification criteria for sporting codes participating at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016, as requested by some national federations.

The Board is however satisfied that the qualification criteria, which have been agreed to between the international sporting federations and the IOC and based on World Olympic Qualification, is in line with SASCOC’s policy of producing world class athletes who will compete at the highest levels.

In light of this, only the highest-level qualifications standards of the IOC/ IF agreement will be considered. The SASCOC Board reiterated that Continental Qualification would not be considered except in regard to SAFA where the continental route is their only qualification process. However, SAFA will still have to satisfy the criteria of being the highest team in Africa and a further consideration of where they rank in FIFA world ranking list.

The Board has also issued directives to the following federations towards the efficient functioning of their structures:

  1. South Africa Equestrian Federation (SAEF)
  2. Karate South Africa (KSA)

SAEF must have the individual disciplines at national level as members of the SAEF and that the provincial Equestrian Federation (PEF) must be members of the Provincial Sports Confederation (PSC).

KSA will ensure that Full Contact as the national entity and themselves (Semi-Contact) as a national entity, will set up a coordinating committee which will be the member of SASCOC thereby ensuring that Full Contact Karate gets a place in SASCOC as they rightfully deserve.

The Board also noted that on 15 May 2015, the Taxing Master had ordered Graeme Joffe to pay SASCOC costs amounting to R126 991.95.

SASCOC had launched a defamation claim against sports blogger, Graeme Joffe, in July 2013. The claim was instituted due to a series of online articles and a tweet published by Joffe concerning SASCOC and its board members, which SASCOC viewed as unjustified and defamatory.

Rather than provide a substantive justification for his writings, Joffe introduced 131 technical exceptions to the claim. The Court dismissed each and every one of these 131 exceptions with the costs of two counsels. This now allows SASCOC’s defamation case to proceed to be dealt with on the merits of the case.

SASCOC eagerly awaits the court date for this case to finally be heard.