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Sascoc's actions will impact SA athletes negatively

James Evans says Sacoc’s decision to suspend the entire federation will negatively impact athletes.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) Chairperson James Evans. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Athletics South Africa (ASA) President James Evans said on Sunday the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) should not have dealt with the federation's suspension in a public manner.

The Olympic body -took a firm stance against ASA on Sunday, deciding to suspend the entire federation after ASA members ignored sanctions placed on its board and reinstated the entire suspended board on Saturday.

This means athletes from the association will not be included in future Team South Africa events, at both youth and senior levels, including Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Evans said Sascoc's actions will impact the country's athletes negatively.

"The only concrete effect this is going to have on the sport is that the athletes in the programme are going to suffer, which is interesting because Sascoc said they don't want the athletes to suffer - but now they're hurting them."

Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy told Eyewitness News on Sunday he doesn't know how the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) can still support the ASA board.

He said, "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."

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."

He added that Evans left the committee with no choice.

"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."