Sascoc suspends two federations

2011-08-01 08:58

The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) says it has suspended two national federations – Squash South Africa and the SA Equestrian Council – with immediate effect.

“In both instances, we at Sascoc have documentation from two parties in each federation containing issues of leadership disputes,” Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy said in a statement today.

“Presidents have been removed from these national federations without following due process.”

Reddy said Sascoc would not tolerate bullying between administrators, and the Olympic governing body expected sound corporate governance from its members.

“We at Sascoc are taking a view of total non-tolerance when it comes to any manipulations and the pushing of individual or personal agendas in our national federations,” he said.

“We are working closely with the national Sports Ministry in this regard and we are busy with the process of reviewing the administration of all our member federations.”

Sascoc said it would continue investigations into the two suspended bodies, and would meet with both in an attempt to remedy the problems they faced.

“We simply don’t have time for matters such as these which are not only damaging for the image of the sport and the sports followers but for the athletes,” Reddy said.

He said Sascoc would try and find a way to ensure the suspensions did not affect athletes competing under their jurisdiction.

“We will see how it affects the various athletes and also see how we can enable them to compete, but I must emphasise that as matters currently stand, both federations are suspended until further notice.”

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