It’s business as usual for South African athletes… for the time being.

While Athletics South Africa was suspended by Olympic governing body SASCOC on Friday, athletes are able to compete in International Association of Athletics Federations sanctioned events.

This is until SASCOC has received a response from IAAF on ASA’s suspension.

SASCOC president Gideon Sam says until the IAAF response they will not take action. “They can enter IAAF events until such time as the IAAF recognises our suspension,” Sam said.

“SASCOC have sent the IAAF a letter, informing them that ASA has been suspended, and we are waiting for them to get back to us.”

Sam was speaking after ASA had yesterday named a provincial team to compete at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in March, next year.


  1. Irma Reyneke

    November 12, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    To whom it may concern.

    I was a Springbok athlete in the 1980’s. Was selected in the Olimpic Team 1988, we weren’t able to compete overseas that years.

    I am a coach at Afrikaans Boys High in Pretoria, and there is so much talent, and boys that work very hard to go to Worlds in 2 years time, please dont let we go the same road as in the 1980’s. I am sure that there is a few of them that defenitely are going to get medals for our country. They will be devestated if they can’t go.

    I went to the Worlds Youth in Italy this year with one of my athletes. I watch all the events and our South Africans defenetily have the talent but they need competitions overseas to get use to competing aginst the best in the world.

    I sincerely hope that you can sort out the problems!

    Please let me know if their is anything we as coaches can do the help in this matter.

    Irma Reyneke

  2. Junior

    November 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I’m with you on this Irma. I’m also a coach of a boy that i’m pretty sure will make the SA team to World Juniors next year. Please SASCOC, sort out this mess at ASA. Our youngsters are working very hard to reach the top in world athletics and we as coaches spendt long hours on and off the track working with these talented boys and girls.


  3. Athlete

    November 13, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    I see on the SASCOC website that Hendrik Mokganyetsi is still listed as a member of SASCOC’s athletes commission. Surely he has to be fired, otherwise SASCOC have double standards?

  4. Julio

    November 16, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Perhaps Mokganyetsi is still listed because the list has not been updated since the ASA debacle or perhaps SASCOC is still awaiting a response from IAAF. Whichever way, how many black people are on that Commission?

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