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In the President’s corner — Gideon Sam

The Fifa Soccer World Cup is over and we as South Africans will be wondering what hit us! After waiting for many so years since the announcement that we would host the 2010 edition of the World Cup, we have finally done and dusted it.

And the verdict from those who came to share the occasion with us is overwhelming. From all accounts they say that we as South Africans have a lot to be proud about. We delivered what we said we would deliver and the Fifa hierachy have not  been left dissapointed.

The big question now is: where do we go from here?┬áAs a country we are riding the crest of the wave and we are keen to show off more because for us, this was just the beginning. I think the expression goes: “If you can dream it, you can do it”.┬á Let’s not be shy to dream about the bigger things that we can do with South African sport.

After all we are champions in many sports; some almost known, some unknown. We have been given the infrastructure by our government and we dare not let it stand empty to be vandalised. Dream South Africa, dream!

Further good news during our period of euphoria was the good news that Caster Semenya can carry on with her running career. We want to thank all those who supported her during her trying times. Now we must encourage her to build her career and enjoy her running. We are confident she and her coach will plan for future races that she will appear at. We wish her well and she can be assured of our support.

I recently attended a Sport and the Environment Commission of the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland. The IOC. in collaboration with the United Nations. are taking matters around the┬ápreservation of the environment very seriously and calling on all NOC’s to do their bit. There are programmes being driven by federations and we at SASCOC will be taking up this matter more vigorously in future.

At our September council meeting in Bloemfontein we will appeal to all our federations to register their programmes that they may be involved with in order for us to report at the Nairobi Session on Sport and the Environment what we do as the NOC. We will be issuing a media statement on all our plans shortly.

It was also inspiring to spend time with the leadership of Special Olympics, international and national. The work they do for athletes who are “intellectually different”, as Dr Matthews Phosa, refers to these athletes, is amazing. The inclusion of these athletes into all the structures of civil society gives credence to what the sports movement has been saying for many years that; inclusion and respect for differences are key to encouraging social cohesion in any country.

We will continue to engage Special Olympics to ensure that they work within our structures so that all of us in sport can do more for athletes with different intellectual abilities.

This month and next month will see us focus more on our athletes who will represent us at the Commonwealth Games of Delhi. We are confident that they will do well and do this country proud.

The Commonwealth Games will be preceded by the Youth Olympic Games in August in Singapore. We have announced the team and all the members are busy preparing themselves for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Those with vision will grab this opportunity to compete against juniors from other countries with both hands. We congratulate them and thank their parents for what they are doing for the future stars of this country.


  1. Dopper Kruger

    August 27, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Mr Gideon Sam,
    Where have all the hope go ?
    Down the drain.Your team of athletes is a shame.
    Resign and asked Richard Stander to follow You.
    Promised elections for a new ASA ?
    I feel like claiming my money I paid for going to New Dehli back from You.
    11 Athletes for ten days ? How many will reach the Finals?

  2. pissed off

    August 27, 2010 at 10:23 am

    1. Athetes in Disarray Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    Where is Rene, Juan, Rueben, etc. What about the Athletes that set their goals based on entry standards set by ASA. Many athletes took in on themselves and financially paid their own way in order to meet the published criteria in an effort to be “Proudly South African”. Where is the DEVELOPMENT and EXPOSURE required to build on 2010. How many of the selected athletes are still going to be around then. It seems that the entry standards were just another document as has the team been selected accordingly. The answer is “NO”.
    When a child is born the first thing that happens is the bond between mother and child. The mother (parents) then coach this child through life, support, build and introduces the child into reality making sure that the exposure and guidance is part and parcel of success.
    2. Disappointed athlete Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    A lot of athletes are disappointed. Welldone SASCOC and ASA. You have done a good job in destroying athlete’s hopes and dreams. Go ahead and kill the sport.
    3. Junior Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 1:27 pm
    …………April 2010
    Following the completion of the Yellow Pages Series and the Yellow Pages SA Senior Track and Field Championship events, the list of qualifiers for Commonwealth action is:
    LJ van Zyl (400m hurdles)
    Cornel Fredericks (400m hurdles)
    Ruben Ramolefi (3000 metres steeplechase)
    Robert Oosthuizen (javelin) – (NB he will not be going to the Commonwealth Games after a recent groin operation)
    Hardus Pienaar (javelin)
    Tumelo Thagane (triple jump)
    Setone Tshamano (5000m)
    Elroy Galant (5000m)
    Chris Harmse (hammer)
    Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (800m)
    Ofentse Mogawane (400 metres)
    Khotso Mokoena is eligible for selection, based on having won a silver medal for SA in the long jump at the IAAF World Indoor Championships held in Qatar recently.
    Estie Wittstock (400m)
    Elizna Naude (discus)
    Sunette Viljoen (javelin)
    Justine Robbeson (javelin)
    Tebogo Masehla (3000m steeplechase)
    Myrette Filmalter (3000m steeplechase)
    4. Track Entusiast Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 1:33 pm
    12 in 2012 what a joke!
    Gideon – I have no words. Now I know why ASA is in the state that it is in at the moment! No relay teams [we medalled in the relay in 2006], athletes in the top 8 in the commonwealth not selected.
    The reason Cheune’s leadership got those medals in 2006 is because they took along the youngsters like Sunette, Robert Oosthuizen and LJ van Zyl. You leave behind some really talented youngsters…
    Is there really anything to aspire to in Athletics – I doubt it!
    Athletes that exceled in the African Champs – not in the team despite being good medal prospects. Where is the young Luvo who said he would now focus on the Commonwealth Games? Are these guys for real???
    Let’s hear the response from Mr. 12 himself – and he expects everyone to take them blame if he fails?
    All the best to the athletes in the team and well done on your selection.
    5. Track Entusiast Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    Is this the new selection criteria of SASCOC – just like the “window period” of ASA???
    Stop shifting the goal-post. I can wait to see the Chairmans report of the outgoing SASCOC Committe at the next SASCOC elections.
    6. FURIOUS Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    ASA YOU SUCK!!! How can runners such as the likes of Juan van Deventer who performed in teh Beijing Finals NOT be selected for the 1 500m when he EASLIY qualified this year and has done so much for South African athletics already!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!? You’ve done this before where you’ve taken a NON-qualified athlete over qualified athletes to fill your non-existent criteria!!! You’re a JOKE!!!
    7. Pissed Off Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:05 pm
    Disgusting!!! Who do you think you are to destroy the dreams of the athletes who have qualified!!!!!! They get nothing from their country or SASCOC, maybe all the ahtletes should stand together and “Strike” until there is justice in the selection of the teams!!If you qualify you go – whats the point of a qualifying time?????? Why you do you think so many athletes leave this country – for this exact reason!!!!! Thank you for destroying dreams, you do a flipen good JOB!!!!!!!
    8. FURIOUS Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    SASCOC you suck is what I meant in my earlier post!!!! Made a blunder due to my blind rage over this sh!t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    9. FURIOUS Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    Where’s Rene and Ruben!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    10. Response to Junior Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:10 pm
    The list provided by the Junior is incomplete as there were other athletes who at their own cost went on to qualify.
    11. Mohamed Ally Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:15 pm
    SASCOC and ASA have not been transparent in the selection process. The criteria was set a while ago, then “adjusted” by ASA and now there seems to be another criteria that [we would like to know who set it]?
    Anyone with answers can reach me on [email protected]
    12. For the love of athletics Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:19 pm
    So sascoc is saying the likes of ruben are not good enough 4 commonwealth but good enough 4 olympics???? how can one be on Opex, which prepares athletes 4 olympics but not be able to compete at cwg??? shocker!!!
    13. Junior Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:25 pm
    The list is only to show how many had Q back in April already!
    This is a great injustice to ALL athletes. Words fail me on this occasion………
    14. Pissed Off Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    Gideon, if the team is smaller because of financial reasons then maybe you shouldn’t take over an entourage and put them up in an expensive hotel and have entertainment and parties for them every night just like it happened in BEIJING!!! Maybe spend the money on athletes that are going to make us proud, like so many you have left out!!! I hope someone lets you down in your life just like you have let them down!
    August 25th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    There are names missing that are really shocking !!! Rene Kalmer travelled all over the world to qualify, and she deserve selection
    Tanith Maxwell qualified for the marathhon in London Marathon(only sa female) by more that 8minutes !!! Lusapa April qualified at the Hannavor Marathon (Germany) by more that 6minutes, thier named are not there !!!!
    Its a shame that athletics is in such a mess !!!
    16. FURIOUS Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 4:38 pm
    17. Bul Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 4:56 pm
    Athletes must just boycott running nextyear, let sascocand asa run.If the public is feeling like this, then i dont see a future for athletics in this country, who will want to came and support a corrupt sport, i think stadiums will be empty empty by nextyear, Athletes ,coaches and the athletic public lets just stop supporting these dummies nextyear, let them go to world champs alone, because world champs will be must worse, so why run yellow pages and qualify put not get selected nextyear, so athletes lets this boycott this yellow pages.
    18. athletics fan Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:21 pm
    Congrats to all the athletes that made the team ! Pity that there are so few female athletes in the track/field team. Are our female athletes in SA such poor performers that more could not have made the Commonwealth team ????
    19. What will the repercussions be? Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:39 pm
    Did anyone see the team selected by Great Britain? They left their top athletes in favour of grooming the next tier of athletes. But they also have a huge team and what do we do?
    We leave some of the athletes that are in the top 8 or 10 in the commonwealth out. Even Jamaica will be without some of their best athletes at these games but you don’t see them cuting back on numbers!
    So who are we competing against again? Ourselves! I hate to admit it but it’s a wonder that the athletes and public are aggrieved…
    What a circus…Giving sport administrators a bad name. Time to face the facts- the Draconian {tough head-master type} approach in sport doesn’t work in a society where you are building towards excellence. Hitler failed, Sadam Hussein failed and even the great George Bush turned to be a laughing stock in the USA.
    Sport Administration in South Africa has gone a decade backwards because of the reluctance of our leaders to learn and involve everyone who has the potential to contribute.
    Wonder what the team to London in 2012 will be? Wait – lets calculate. 12 medals means that we take 2 team sport, 4 athletes, 3 swimmers, 1 bmx rider and 1 boxer and 1 weightlifter and 1 extra just in case.
    This sounds like the previous governemnts approach to ARV’s. Lives were lost there. In this case careers may be affected – what will the repercussions be.
    I hope the leadership reads the comments made by the public beacuse as far as I have read they are damaging to the sport where sponsorship is concerned. Athletes talking of boycotts and so on or will they be bullied into submission. Opression, operssion, opression.
    20. Trackie Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:41 pm
    Interesting Forum. Do the leaders of SASCOC read this?
    21. For the love of athletics Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 5:59 pm
    I agree with u trackie. Some countries are leaving out their top athletes and SA only focuses on their best only. Of cos they will bring medals, they r gona compete with younger and inexperienced opponents anyway. Commonwealth games are a stepping stone, wonder where wil 12 medals come frm in 2012.
    22. Irritated Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:03 pm
    Well done to the selected athletes. It worries me as an athlete to have Qyualifying standards and everyone working hard to achieve them not once but more than once like athletes of Ruben Ramolefe and Rene kalmers (to mention a few) calibre and to findout they dont make it to the final team. What is the use of letting them participate in these meetings yet they will be left out? and Sascoc expect 12 medals atthe 2012? hell no that is just a mere dream since atghletics is the code that has been producing previously in these games. It is a shame our men’s 4×4 team will not defend their title they won in 2006. Sascoc and the selectors are killing our sports slowly.
    23. supporter Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 6:27 pm
    to hell with sascoc
    athletes need 2 stand together and boycot the poor running of athletics in this country.
    I know athletes who have worked hard 2 qualify and compromised the lives. For what exatly???
    U must take your top4 to all africa games next year, how do you expect athletes to be in the top4 while you not doing anything 4 them?
    They met the criteria…
    Im sorry but you are stupit.
    Go ahead kill the sport
    24. Athlete Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 7:52 pm
    I regret taking unpaid 2 months leave, using my own money 4 food and accomodation in europe and being away from family and friends. I did this to pursue a dream, a dream of representing my country at commonwealth games. I wish the team was announced early enough so i wouldnt have taken such a risk. Congradulations to the selected athletes, hope they bring back 11 medals. As for me and others in my situation, don’t give up guys. You have to go through things like this to reach even greater heights.
    25. Arnaud Malherbe Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 8:06 pm
    The following athletes are ranked in the top 10 in the Commonwealth as of today (25 August):
    Simon Magakwe (200m) – in the team
    Leigh Julius (200m) – not in the team
    Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (800m) – in the team.
    Lehann Fourie (110mH) – not in the team.
    LJ van Zyl (400mH) – in the team
    Cornel Fredericks (400mH) – not in the team
    Cheyne Rahme (PV) – in the team
    Khotso Mokoena (LJ) – in the team
    Luvo Manyonga (LJ) – not in the team
    Tumelo Thagane (TJ) – in the team
    Roelie Potgieter (SP) – not in the team
    Burger Lamprechts (SP) – not in the team
    Orazio Cremona (SP) – not in the team
    Chris Harmse (HT) – in the team
    Hardus Pienaar (JT) – not in the team
    Caster Semenya (800m) – in the team
    Simone du Toit (SP) – not in the team
    Elizna Naude (DT) – in the team.
    Sunette Viljoen (JT) – in the team
    Justine Robbeson (JT) – in the team
    If you further consider that the rankings in the men’s 1500m are dominated by Kenya and they can only select 3 athletes, it is amazing that the likes of Juan van Deventer, Johan Cronje and Pieter van der Westhuizen were not considered. Similarly, the 3000m SC rankings are also dominated by Kenyans – why not include Ruben Ramolefi as Kenya can only select 3 athletes?
    In the women’s 400m, Jamaica dominates the rankings. Estie Wittstock comes into the reckoning when it is considered that Jamaica can only select 3 athletes. In the women’s 1500m it is Kenya and England who dominate, so why exclude Rene Kalmer?
    And I have to agree on the relay teams. The SA men’s 4×400m relay team finished 4th in 1998 and 2002 and medalled in 2006. Why is a team not included? Our men’s 4×100m relay team must also have a chance of grabbing a medal behind Jamaica?
    Anyone spot some possible selection inconsistencies?
    Perhaps SASCOC stuck religiously to the “top 4” selection criteria, but that doesn’t make sense to me as anyone in the final of an athletics event is competing for the medals so surely the top 8 should be considered at the very least?
    By the way, if the “top 4″ selection policy was followed for the Berlin World Championships last year, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, our gold medallist, would not have made the team!
    Be that as it may, I would like to congratulate all the selected athletes and commiserations to those that did not make the team…
    26. DB Prinsloo Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 9:34 pm
    Congratualations to all the athletes in the team. However, I am sure that this is not the team selected by the selectors because any administration office worker can select the top 4 in the CW. It is a fact that never as i know of, the top 4 on the ranking list previous to a championships finished in that position at the championships. Any athlete in the final do have a chance to medal. Therefore it will make sense to select athletes in the top 10 who has a realistic chance of making the final( and remember a country can only take 3 athletes per event).
    My apologies to Juan, Johan and Peter(and others) who qualified Olympic”A” standard not been included as you guys are some of the cream of South African athletes on the international circuit and surely part of SA top 10 seniors in world athletics.
    Any other “normal” athletics country would have selected you!
    Keep on working, luckily you can perform without the regime that finalised the team
    In my eyes you are the stars and rolemodels to all the young athletes
    27. Track fan Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 9:34 pm
    Trackie, I doubt they can read maybe that’s the reason they missed the names of the athletes that qualified.
    To ASA :-”you set standards for athletes, but not yourself”.Atheletes spend thousands out of their pockets to go to Europe to comply with your standards, and when they do, you repay them in this way!
    Read Arnuad’s sensible insight into athletics and wake up. I supose all of you the executive committee members and friends will be there.
    28. DB Prinsloo Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 9:53 pm
    Poor Windy 800 CW Youth Champion 2008 in India and Luvo Long Jump World Junior Champion 2010 – who both qualified “A” standard in 2010 and also not selected. What more can you do? I appreciate your performances.
    29. Track Enthusiast Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 10:58 pm
    When the noise was made about the juniors people were quiet.Now that its happened for the third time under the same leadership it is clear that the current leadership are incompetent . Its also possibly true that the former leadership didn’t let such things happen. 400m hurdles is amongst our best medal chances but we leave cornel fredrick out.double blow for him if you consider yellow pages this year. To make matters worse. I hope the athletes realise that unless u fight the incompetent administration at asa and sascoc u will never see any international event unless you are already an international medalist.
    Have they not realized that all their actions so far hav caused a regression in our performance. The team to the world juniors didn’t perform better than the previous teams despite standers attempt to take us back his dark days. The reduced team to african champs cost us the overall title. So Gideon if you are reading this read between the lines. You should offer to resign from all sport involvement when you fail dismally. Stop destroying the sport we dearly love and you know nothing about. He actually said on tv that he can’t believe that ockert brits couldn’t inspire some youngster to excel in pole vault. Egg on his face because if he knew his sport he would know that cheyne rahme broke ockerts junior record this year already. Where has this guy been?
    What next? He will say the same about khotso nor inspiring long jumpers and sunette as well.
    The selectors should speak out and stop misleading us.
    As db says if the athletes knew they had to be in the top 4 and its the first time I hear this then they wouldn’t be making a noise about it. But its clear they were not informed. And asa messed up the marathon athletes too. Now I hear there is a window period again next year. Great idea. It brought us the african title this year.
    Athletes n coaches its time to be brave and take a stand against these dictators who keep changing the rules as they please
    30. gatvol Says:
    August 25th, 2010 at 11:33 pm
    ‘n absolute joke.
    maybe het dit tyd geword dat die publiek vertel word,hoe atletiek in Suid Afrika nou eintlik ‘werk’.Sommer begin daar in die dae van die ou sa atletiek unie en die positiewe drug toetse wat weg gesteek is omdat ons nie onse national atletiek heroes aan die kaak wou stel nie
    vandaar kan ons so bietjie insig gee oor hoe die manne en vrouens in die admin van sa atletiek na 1991 ge-jockey het vir posisie toe dit duidelik geword het die anc gaan die shots in die toekoms call.
    natuurlik kan mens dan so bietjie gesels oor die borg geldjies wat in die middel 90’s in die sport ingebring is en hoe die destydse asa bestuur seker gemaak het hulle kry ‘n kommissietjie en ‘n ou geldjie vir hulle harde werk
    en dan kan ons beginne gesels oor hoe die vorige asa bestuur tussen 2002-2008 finaal atletiek in suid afrika opgedonder het.
    RIP atletiek sa.hard probeer,maar ongelukkig net nie meer relevant nie.atlete,boys and girls,hou op oefen/droom.tyd om realisties te raak.en day jobs te kry…
    31. angry Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 7:40 am
    Rene,juan,johan,tebogo,estie,mapaseka,peter,ruben and cornel guys be strong keep training and go run in europe nxt year.
    Everybody knows that you guys worked hard to qualify,keep going and prepare 4 world champs nxt year.
    I’m a great fan of you guys and i love you. Leave everything in God’s hands
    32. Go and compete for Turkey! Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 8:10 am
    Having listened to Ryk Neethling on tv last night I decided that all the athletes in SA should seriously opt to compete for other countries. We should approach the Qataries, Saudi’s and Turks. At least athletes will be valued, paid and selected. Most countries will bend over backwards to have our talent pool.
    SASCOC has no clue as to run a sport body. Our youth team to the olympics is a point in case. Our kids did really well, which shows we have the talent pool. From there on everything falls flat and we can not win everything at senior level, and SASCOC is squarly to blame for that.
    33. Mohamed Ally Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 8:27 am
    DB and Arnaud I am glad that you are identifying yourself and contributing constructively.
    We will be accused of flouting protocols but the fact remains that our voices have been ignored. The answers you are looking for doesn’t lie in the athletes selected Arnaud but in the lack of reasoning in as far as the selection policy is concerned.
    Read the comment regarding our Junior and Senior teams in 2010 to World Juniors & Africa Champs to get insight into why people are baffled. I just hope that our athletes persevere and continue to work hard for the future.
    34. Go and compete for Turkey! Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 9:09 am
    If one looks at the team it is a big concern as to who we are going to have left to compete in a few years time. In the team there is only TWO athletes under 23 years old. They are the future in terms of the 2014 Commonwealth games and 2016 Olympics. England has 100 people in their team (for athletics) of which 27 are under 23! Australia has an athletics team of 69! Canada 40!, SUPERPOWER Scotland had even has 19 athletes.
    Some interesting quotes from the England team with regard the Commonwealth Games showing their philosophy with regard excellence:
    “…, a competition which will play an important role on the pathway to the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Korea and 2012 London Olympic Games.”
    Commonwealth Games England Athletics Team Leader John Brierley added: “We are confident that we have assembled an accomplished athletics team which is well- balanced, extremely competitive and comprises an exciting blend of experience with the talent of youth.”
    Widely recognised for facilitating breakthrough performances – such as those in 2006 for Ohuruogu, Lisa Dobriskey, Idowu and Martyn Bernard – the Commonwealth Games is an important development opportunity as well as a major Championships medal in its own right.
    Historically, athletes like Denise Lewis, Daley Thompson, Dame Kelly Holmes – now President of Commonwealth Games England – and Jessica Ennis have made their name at the Commonwealth Games before moving on to win at the Olympics or world championships.
    Even more shocking: “Talented youngsters named in the team for the 2010 campaign are 2009 European Junior 110m hurdles gold medallist Lawrence Clarke, recent World Junior triple jump silver medallist Laura Samuel and young middle distance talent Niall Brooks, the 2009 European Junior 800m silver medallist who narrowly missed out on a podium place in the recent World Juniors finishing fourth in a lifetime best performance.” We have the friggin World Junior Champion, and we leave him at home, they select a kid who finished 4th, yes FOURTH!!!!
    35. FURIOUS Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 11:07 am
    I pray to God that someone “HIGH” up in sasCOCK reads this!!!! Bunch of Muppets!!!!
    36. De moer in Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 12:30 pm
    If athletics is one of our strengths, in the words of Mr Gideon Sam, then why in the name of Olympics 2012 are we sending a total of 11 athletes, of which only 3 athletes have a realistic chance of bringing home a medal(based on current form). Eish I fail to understand the rationale behind this stupidity. Why is Cornel fredericks, Rene Kalmer, Ruben R,Luvo and many others NOT in the team.I want some answers, please and i want them NOW….I guess having the POPE over for dinner would be easier than getting answers from ASA or SASCOC.
    37. Road Mogul Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 8:15 pm
    Eish! where does Gideon come from? I know for a fact that he recovered his R10 milion from ASA that Leonard Chuene and company never paid him.
    African Championships is a “minor” competition. They neglected athletes that have the potential to compete at the 2016 Olympics. Than the world juniors! Both competitions are used by the powerhouses of africa and the rest of the world as stepping stones.
    Now the Commonwealth games…..only 11 athletes. i wounder how many medals will the team win. Next year we will have the world championships, the team will be even smaller. I think it will be 6 with 1 medal. Than the olympics in 2012. Now if you “struggle” to qualify for these competitions mentioned above, how will it be possible to qualify for the olympics. We also have athletes like Rubin on the OPEX (Operation Excellence Squad) who receive money every month to prepare for the olympics.
    If they cannot make the “minor” competitions, how will they qualify for the Olympics. that mean the money is wasted.
    we are lucky to have Caster running and that is the only guaranteed medal at this competition alongside lj and mokoena.
    The CEO of SASCOC should guide SAM as he has been with NOCSA and now SASCOC for many years. He should be fired too!
    38. James Evans Says:
    August 26th, 2010 at 9:31 pm
    After the efforts we made to get answers on why athletes were left out of the junior team were met with a vicious attack against our province from the ASA office, but no answers, we realised that it is pointless asking for the reasoning behind selections.
    Some interesting points though – Selection standards were set for the junior and Commonwealth teams, but not followed. Dates of championships have been changed for the road runners, with no correspondence being replied to or entered into. The marathon trials were cancelled and now the championships have been moved to the other side of the country during the Commonwealth Games.
    We were never notified as a province as to who was selected for the teams, which used to be the normal protocol. We had to read about it in the media. Likewise, we still don’t know who team management was for the World Juniors or the African Champs.
    I really feel for the athletes – they were robbed of prize money during the Yellow Pages Series, and ASA will not budge despite it being formally raised with them. Many have been robbed of selections, with loss of earnings (I just think of all the athletes, like the pole vaulters, who WOULD have medalled at the African Champs and been selected for the Continental team).
    The main reason has been the lack of accountability which is now absolute. Not only can we not get answers out of ASA, but no-one really knows who is making decisions. Is the ASA office all powerful, or are the members of the ad hoc committee (or interim board) aware of what is going on? Who are the ’selectors’? The ASA Constitution says that the track & field commission are tasked with selecting track & field teams. Were they involved in all these selections? It seems not, because other people’s names were mentioned when tried to find out who the selectors were. Is it not time that the ASA office stopped hiding the selectors away and told us who they are?
    There are lots of people who are justifiably unhappy that they have missed out on selection for the Commonwealth Games. I won’t name any, as there are so many I am likely to miss out on some. The same happened with the juniors and the African Champs. Many have been mentioned above.
    If we are to go forward, there has to be transparency and accountability. The athletes are owed an apology.
    39. Dopper Kruger Says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 12:00 am
    Mr Gideon Sam,
    Select 3 athletes per event and give everybody a real chance.I am going to Dehli but who will I support.No relay teams,hell wake up.In Melbourne 2006,our name appear in the Australian newspapers regularly.But in India ?
    What about some exposure to other athletes?
    Please sir.

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