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Stop Sascoc infighting - Mbalula

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula called on the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee...

Sport & Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula called on the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) to put its leadership battles aside ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.

He was addressing the sports body's board meeting on Tuesday.

According to reports, Sascoc has experienced backdoor lobbying by various sporting bigwigs.

Mbalula said leadership rivalry within Sascoc should not be at the expense of the Olympic team, which is preparing to compete in London.

The minister also raised concerns about infighting in various other federations.

He said Sascoc should intervene so that performance was not compromised.

The department and Sascoc will meet with South Africa Football Association (Safa) to get to the bottom of the pre-2010 Soccer World Cup match-fixing allegations that engulfed the association.

Meanwhile, Sascoc president Gideon Sam assured Mbalula that all was on track for the London games.