Sascoc: Even Federer gets economy tickets
Social media erupted after reports surfaced about Sascoc’s purchasing of business class tickets for MPs.
JOHANNESBURG - South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) CEO Tubby Reddy has assured EWNSport , Olympic invitations to various parliamentarians and VIP's to the Rio Games will not impact on the country's athletes or the umbrella body's finances.
Social media erupted recently after reports surfaced about Sascoc's purchasing of business class tickets for three Members of Parliament to visit Brazil, whilst athletes must travel economy.
Does @JacksonMthembu_ support his MPs in accepting a sponsored trip to the Rio Olympics from Sascoc for "oversight?"— SollyMalatsi (@SollyMalatsi) May 1, 2016
Sascoc often cites "the lack of funding" yet it can sponsor 3 business class flights + accommodation for 10 days to 3 MPs for 10 days in Rio— SollyMalatsi (@SollyMalatsi) May 1, 2016
The committee has revealed the tickets are part of the sponsorship it has secured with South African Airways, saying there was no payment made for them.
Reddy says this is standard procedure the world over.
"Even if Roger Federer makes the team, he will buy his own first class ticket himself. The Swiss Olympic Committee will fund him an economy class ticket, that's the norm."
The CEO says it's common for VIPs to attend the games.
"You'll find lots of government officials, corporates and stakeholders at the Olympic Games and they are invited by their respective countries."
The Games get underway on 5 August.