LACK OF FUNDING BLAMED FOR MISSED TARGETS
News24 has reported that sports such as tennis, swimming, rowing and cycling struggle to meet Sascoc’s transformation targets because they do not have enough financial backing.
Rowing SA president Sean Kerr told City Press yesterday that they received support from Sascoc in the run-up to the Olympic Games, but not in the periods when athletes needed to develop for the next Games. He said that they had severe financial restrictions for transformation and development.
“I support [Sports] Minister [Fikile] Mbalula’s stance taken on Monday, but more funds need to be made available urgently to meet transformation targets.”
Athletics coach Ampie Louw said that it was upcoming athletes who struggled the most. “If you are good, you and your coach will at least get a pittance from Sascoc. But I feel for upcoming athletes, who sometimes do not even have money for transport to the stadium.”
He said that he was aware of several top athletes competing for South Africa on the international stage who had to foot their own bills. “It has been like that for years. I have paid thousands of rands over the years for transport and accommodation when my athletes competed in the Olympic Games.”