LACK OF FUND­ING BLAMED FOR MISSED TAR­GETS

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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.”

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