'ASA in financial trouble'
Sascoc say they would not consider athletes registered with ASA for the Olympic Games.
JOHANNESBURG - Former Athletics South Africa (ASA) Administrator Zola Majavu said the federation is in deep financial trouble and its reinstated board should focus more on finding sponsors than internal squabbles.
Majavu vacated his position halfway through his term after the ASA board was reinstated, which resulted in the athletics body being suspended by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).
He said when he arrived at ASA it was around R6 million in debt and it had R10 million in the bank while athletes, staff, utilities, service providers and Sars were unpaid.
Majavu said ASA is fast running out of money because his efforts of finding sponsors were smothered by battles with the reinstated board.
Meanwhile, South African athletes will head to the world championships in Moscow as planned, despite the country's Olympic committee cutting ties with ASA on Sunday.
Sascoc took the decision to suspend ASA's membership as they claim President James Evans axed seven members of his own board unconstitutionally after he was impeached over alleged, and as yet unproven, financial irregularities.
The IAAF have sided with ASA on the matter though and that means South Africa's top athletes, including former Olympic long jump silver medallist Khotso Mokoena and javelin star Sunette Viljoen, will be able to compete in Moscow in August.
However, Sascoc have said as things stood they would not consider athletes registered with ASA for any International Olympic Committee events in the future, including the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
They will also stop funding athletes registered with ASA through their Operation Excellence programme.