SASCOC explains skier snub

Sive Speelman (Facebook)
Sive Speelman (Facebook)
Cape Town - The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has issued a media statement following reaction to their decision not to send alpine skier Sive Speelman to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The statement reads as follows:

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has made a decision that Sive Speelman will not be participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

This decision was made after recommendation from the High Performance Advisory Committee, which also includes the Chair of the Athlete’s Commission, who is elected specifically to ensure that the athlete’s rights and needs are protected, to the SASCOC Board who unanimously endorsed the recommendation received.

The decision was taken due to the following reasons:

1. In terms of the FIS (International Ski Federation) qualification system;

• clause 3.1 specifically refers to an “A” qualification which relates to athletes who are ranked in the first 500 in the Olympic FIS points list; and
• clause 3.2 specifically refers to the “B” qualification which makes provision that the National Olympic Committee, that is SASCOC, may, should they so desire, take up one allocated slot.

In this regard, Speelman has not met the minimum qualification of 140 in the Olympic FIS points list, having achieved 140.126. It is further noted that the athlete concerned is currently ranked 2 290th in the world.

After due consideration and taking into account all the facts relating to the matter, SASCOC as the National Olympic Committee, unfortunately will not be delivering him to the Winter Olympic Games, Sochi 2014.

SASCOC will continue to adhere to its selection policies in order to ensure participation at the various multi-­coded sports events is of the highest quality.
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