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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.

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