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Mbalula 'examining' Sascoc decision

Sports Minister says he can't intervene in the conflict until certain procedures have been followed.

Sports Minister says he can't intervene in the conflict between Sascoc and ASA until certain procedures have been followed.

JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula says there are certain procedures that need to be followed before he can intervene in the conflict between The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and Athletics South Africa (ASA).

The country's Olympic committee cut ties with ASA on Sunday after members ignored sanctions placed on its board.

This followed a special general meeting held on Saturday.

ASA president James Evans called the meeting.

Sascoc's Tubby Reddy said Evans left the committee with no choice after Evans axed seven members of his own board unconstitutionally after he was impeached over alleged, and as yet unproven, financial irregularities.

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

Despite this, Evans confirmed South African athletes will head to the world championships in Moscow as planned 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 (Opex) programme.

"The decisions in themselves have got implications in terms of the students going to Russia. We will get the report and examine the immediate effects of Sascoc's decision," Mbalula remarked.

Mbalula is scheduled to meet with Sascoc on Friday.