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Patterson's Olympic dream rests in Sascoc's hands

According to CEO of SA Gymnastics the decision to ensure Patterson goes off to Rio is not in their hands.

Gideon Sam, Sascoc President. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix.

JOHANNESBURG - South African artistic gymnast, Ryan Patterson, is waiting on the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) to give him the green light to represent his country at this year's Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, after meeting the international criteria.

Patterson took part in the Olympic test event this past weekend and after improving his scores from the World Championships in 2015, got the nod from the International Federation of Gymnastics to participate in the games.

However, the IFG does not have a final say on whether South African athletes take part in the Olympics or not as Sascoc need to assess Patterson's performance and confirm whether his results from this weekend's event meets their criteria.

According to CEO of the South African Gymnastics Federation, Tsheko Mokgosi, the decision or power to ensure Patterson goes off to Rio is not in their hands.

"At the end of the day it's not our call, we have to wait for the processes with Sascoc, we'd like to rather wait for them to officially accept the nomination and qualification, so we wouldn't like to make any pronouncements on that at this point in time"

Sascoc have a two-week window period to make their decision, but Mokgosi is confident that the gymnast has ticked all the required boxes.

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