1 SASCOC’S MEDICAL BUNGLE
SOUTH AFRICAN LAWN BOWLERS were the toast of the Commonwealth Games, winning no fewer than seven medals.
But what happened behind the scenes was one of the most disgraceful administrative bungles and cover-ups by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) to date.
Rudi Jacobs was selected as part of the men’s bowls trips team for Glasgow.
Every SA athlete was required to fill out a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) document and send it back to Sascoc.
Jacobs clearly stated that he was on strong medication for prostate cancer.
Sascoc never picked up on it and neither did the medical team who were with the SA team for three days at the holding camp before departing for the Commonwealth Games.
What were they doing?
Jacobs then departed with the team for Glasgow and only in Scotland does he get told that he doesn’t have the ‘medical all-clear’ and that he needs to withdraw from the team.
Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy arranges for Jacobs to go for a scan on an old shoulder injury and that is used as the reason for his withdrawal.
Word goes out that if anyone asks about his withdrawal from the team, his shoulder must be cited as the reason.
It seems as if Bowls SA’s hands were tied. “We are guided by Sascoc and we have signed a confidentiality agreement regarding all issues related to team South Africa at the Commonwealth Games. Bowls South Africa adheres strictly to the terms of the agreement,” the body said.
As usual, the typical standard response from Sascoc: nothing.