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SASCOC refutes false reports in media regarding athletes travelling to Rio
- Updated: July 3, 2016
SASCOC would like to clarify the erroneous reports in the weekend media relating to athletes travelling to the Rio Olympics next month. All athletes travelling with Team SA will be departing on 23 July on a SAA flight to Brazil. No athletes will be paying for their flights.
It has been the policy of SASCOC for every Olympic Games that any breakaway athlete, who will not be accompanying TeamSA and who will be making their own way to the Games, will have their flights paid for by their Federation, who will then be reimbursed by SASCOC.
“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 23 July and those few athletes choosing to travel to the Games independently of the Team will have their flights paid for by their Federation. Federation will then be refunded. Athletes have been fully briefed on this matter by their respective Federations”, added Reddy.
Once again SASCOC wishes to thank the majority of the media who are fair and balanced in their reporting on the activities of our sportsmen and women in our country. We are concerned that a very small sector in the media is determined to deliberately convey an inaccurate and false perception of the organization.
Issued on 3 July 2016