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Sam assures athletes

South Africa’s Olympic governing body SASCOC on Saturday moved quickly to dispel any athletes’ fears of being denied the opportunity to compete internationally following the organisation’s decision to suspend Athletics SA with immediate effect.

President of SASCOC, Gideon Sam, who’s organisation has come out strongly against ASA following an investigation of the federation’s handling of the Caster Semenya saga, on Saturday assured track and field athletes that they wouldn’t have their 2010 Commonwealth Games or 2012 Olympic Games dreams scuppered.

In a statement, SASCOC said: ÔÇ£Given our decision as the SASCOC board to suspend ASA from SASCOC, we are cogniscent of the fact that this means that no officials or athletes can participate in any international activity of the [world governing body] IAAF.

“However, we are negotiating with the IAAF to allow our officials and athletes in the interim to participate in IAAF activity under the jurisdiction of SASCOC. We want to assure the athletes that we will do everything possible to ensure that their participation in the multi sport events like Commonwealth Games, Youth Olympic Games, Olympic Games and IAAF and AAAC events will not be in jeopardy.ÔÇØ

On Friday, SASCOC had taken the decision to suspend ASA as a federation, after the athletics body had challenged SASCOC’s authority to suspend the entire ASA board, including its president Leonard Chuene, over their handling of the Caster Semenya saga.

In the letter to SASCOC, ASA claim the decisions taken by SASCOC were ÔÇ£unreasonable, procedurally and substantively unfairÔÇØ.

Reacting to the letter the SASCOC executive wish to place on record that:

SASCOC has jurisdiction in the Republic and over its Members, officials and athletes through SASCOC membership and that ASA is a member of SASCOC.

Also, members (including ASA) are subordinate to SASCOC and must comply with the Constitution of SASCOC and any directives issued by SASCOC. Members Constitutions may not be in conflict with the Constitution of SASCOC.

Furthermore, SASCOC, through its Board has the power to oversee, direct, control, administer and, if necessary, manage the activities of its Members.


  1. athlete

    November 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Mr Sam

    I commend you for what you are doing for athletics, and athletes in particular.

    Once again, congratulations on a job well done. Now all that’s left is to follow through and get the administration of ASA in order.

    To be honest, I would rather wanted to see a situation where Mr Chuene and co. resigned than be thrown out. But if they don’t want to, then yes, what can I say.

    Thank you for acting and considering athletes. Apartheid kept us far behind the rest of the world. A suspension would have damaged our sport even further.

    To conclude, I suggest you issue media statements this week whereby you assure athletes to continue with their preperations and not only on your website.



    November 8, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Ek stem met die vorige skrywer saam, baie daie dankie en alle geluk. Ek is baie jare (16 jaar voltyds) betrokke met afrigting (IAAF vlak 3) en het deur die jare reeds 4 Internasionale atlete opgelewer. Ek is egter baie skepties as dit by beloftes kom. Gaan SASCOC en die IAAF saamwerk; gaan ons die geleentheid gebied word vir verdere kwalifikasie; ens ?? Wat is die situasie rakende ons huidige presterende atlete (Wêreld jeug- en Satebondspele) Daar MOET iets op papier kom en gou ook!

    Al my atlete is almal top presteerders en Rugby en Netbal wag nou om hulle op te raap (Kommentare soos: “Ek het jou mos gesê…” is nou volop.

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