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Battle for control of SA karate gets thorny

The sport has seen two competing factions clash over who's the official national controlling body.

Sascoc has told EWN the battle over who administers karate in SA has become thorny. Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has told Eyewitness News the battle over who administers karate in South Africa has become so thorny, it's calling for international help.

The sport has seen two competing factions clash over who's the official national controlling body.

The fight has found its way into a courtroom as karate schools around the country wait for clarity.

After failing to resolve the issues around karate in South Africa, the Olympic body has invited World Karate to step in.

Two organisations, the South African Karate Federation and Karate South Africa, have been embroiled in a court battle to determine who legally has the right to govern the sport.

Sascoc CEO Gideon Sam says this won't be the first time outside assistance is needed to resolve matters.

"We're spending too much time, we're going backwards and forwards. Let them come in the same way that we did with Athletics South Africa. Come here, sort it out. That's where we are now."

Sascoc is now waiting to hear back from the global federation.