The SASCOC leadership met in Free State, Mangaung City, at a Board meeting on Friday where Olympic qualification and the Commonwealth Games bid, among other things, were discussed. The board reiterated its stance on the Selection Policy for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. No continental qualification will be considered and in the case of SA football, to qualify through Africa but also ensure that the men and women teams are ranked number 1 in Africa.
The Board was convinced that they were on track with the CWG Bid Process. They claim to have completed the uploading of all outstanding issues and points of clarity by the deadline of 30 June 2015. The Bid committee is now busy with the inbound visits of the CGA’s Inbound Visit One 15-19 July 2015, Inbound Visit Two 22-26 July 2015 and Inbound Visit Three 5-9 August 2015.
They will make the final presentation in Auckland, New Zealand on 2 September where the final decision will be given.
Other issues to have been discussed among the 600 registered delegates included the matter of Karate SA. KSA was directed by the board to grant reinstatement to the individuals who were implicated in the forensic audit report of Karate, given the fact that the public prosecutor declined to prosecute these individuals citing insufficient evidence. The board has set-up a three person committee to call in the Karate leadership and investigate the reasons for the non-compliance.
The committee is to be chaired by Kobus Marais accompanied by Jerry Segwaba and Merrill King. Also, the issue of the impasse in Equestrian was discussed. According to SASCOC, the president of SAEC does not seem willing to implement the structure that includes the discipline associations to formalise the leadership of the SAEC.
The board mandated Mubarak Mahomed to call a meeting of the discipline associations together with the current leadership and for him to constitute the executive committee of SAEC. The board also ratified the delivery of Team South Africa to the Commonwealth Youth Games and to the All-Africa Games respectively. The CYG is in Samoa and the All-Africa Games in Congo.
The Chef De Mission of the CYG team is Clifford Cobers and the African Games team Ezera Tshabangu.
Photo credit: WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN / SASPA