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Sascoc steps in to help ASA

Sporting governing body steps in to help Athletics South Africa in its financial crisis.

SASCOC president Gideon Sam. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) President Gideon Sam has finally shed some light on the financial crisis at Athletics South Africa (ASA).

Over the past week, EWN Sport has reported that majority of race winners from 2012’s Soweto Marathon had not yet been paid.

This despite ASA's CEO James Evans giving the directive for the money to be paid.

Sam confirmed that ASA did not have the funds to pay anyone at the moment, when he spoke to SportsTalks' Udo Carelse on Wednesday night.

“No they haven’t got money, they’re battling.”

When Carelse questioned the athletics body’s capability to meet their short term debts, the answer was a definitive no.

Evans returns from attending a Confederation of African Athletics marketing meeting in Kenya on Thursday.

ASA's CONTROVERSY KNOWS NO END

ASA has always been embroiled in turmoil to such an extent that major sponsors had also declined to renew their contracts.

In October 2009, Nedbank pulled out of road running and left the sport without a sponsor since.

More recently, Yellow Pages also declined to renew its sponsorship for the national track and field season.

In October last year, ASA fired CEO Frik Vermaak for mismanagement of funds, among other charges.

In February 2011, ASA president Leonard Chuene, vice-president Kakata Maponyane and executive member Simon Dlamini were all banned by Sascoc from involvement in any sport, for terms ranging between three and seven years, for maladministration.

'RAY OF LIGHT'

Despite its continued financial woes and controversy, Sam said there was still hope the athletics body would find its feet.

"There is a ray of light. A deal with SABC is on the cards, which will go a long way toward solving some of these issues.”

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)

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