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Sunette Viljoen taken to task over Sascoc comments

The javelin thrower criticised Sascoc, accusing it of not supporting athletes both on and off the track.

FILE: Sunette Viljoen. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen is being taken to task by South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) after speaking out about an alleged lack of support from the olympic body.

Viljoen is upset with the poor treatment received by South Africans, saying athletes are required to undergo ridiculous processes in order to receive their designated funds.

Less than a year from the 2016 Rio Olympics, Viljoen has highlighted the struggles faced by South Africa's top athletes.

The javelin thrower has criticised Sascoc, accusing it of not supporting athletes both on and off the track.

She took to Twitter to air her frustration:

Not speaking out for myself. I've always done it on my own. It's 4 all the talented kids who will never get a chance due to lack of support

Ok, last tweet for the day. I cannot do this on my own and need the help of my fellow athletes to back me up on my claims @ljvanzyl

I'm not competing to win medals for Sascoc. I compete out of passion and for my country. They have never supported us like they should have.

Sascoc has now officially "red-flagged" me for telling the truth about us having to beg them for every single cent. I stand by every word.

Viljoen has encouraged other athletes to speak up saying she cannot do this on her own.

Sascoc was unavailable for comment.

This @Sunette_Viljoen thing is so totally crazy. Sascoc being showed up for what they are, self centered, navel gazing bullies

@Joffersmyboy @retiefdan @Sunette_Viljoen Anyone who's ever known an SA athlete knows this to be true.

@Sunette_Viljoen Sunette, I have a number of emails from athletes & agents, backing up all your claims. SASCOC are a law unto themselves!