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SASCOC had to take action - Reddy

The SACOC CEO says he had no choice but to take action and suspend ASA’s membership.

Tubby Reddy, Chief Executive Officer of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Tubby Reddy has told Eyewitness News he doesn't know how the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) can still support the Athletics South Africa (ASA) board.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) slammed its foot down today after months of mudslinging between the two bodies and on Sunday suspended Athletics South Africa (ASA) after members ignored sanctions placed on its board.

On Saturday the members of ASA called for a special general meeting where it reinstated its board, which Sascoc had suspended and placed under administration.

ASA president James Evans called the meeting.

The federation agreed to reinstate its board and regain control of the organisation.

It left Sascoc with what Reddy describe as "no choice but to take action".

He said he still doesn't know how the IAAF can be supportive of the current so called board.

"The IAAF seems to still recognise Mr Evans and the board; we don't know what board they recognise because Evans has suspended seven of his board members anyway. As far as we are concerned there is no board of ASA."

Sunday's decision means athletes affiliated to ASA will not be included in Team South Africa events, including the Commonwealth and Olympic games.

The ongoing saga between ASA and Sascoc seems to have reached boiling point.

The Olympic body believes James Evans's actions left them with no choice after ASA reinstated its suspended board at its general meeting on Saturday.

Reddy said Sascoc had to put its foot down.

"We cannot continue where one individual is doing his own thing and the membership of South Africa is doing nothing. We can't turn a blind eye."

"The story in the media space is that everything is fine at ASA, which we know is not the case. Enough is enough. I have taken the decision to suspend the membership of ASA from Sascoc."

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