Sunette Viljoen adamant Sascoc has to do more to support athletes

She has for months been at loggerheads with the governing body over payments to her.

FILE: South Africa's Sunette Viljoen. Picture: AFP.

RIO DE JANEIRO - Olympic silver medallist Sunette Viljoen has once again reiterated that the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has to do more to support athletes to emulate her achievement if the country is to build on the 10 medals it won in Rio de Janeiro.

Viljoen has for months been at loggerheads with the governing body over payments to her as one of the 38 athletes on the operation excellence (Opex) programme, taking to social media to air her grievances.

Speaking to EWN Sport at the athlete's village after winning her medal at the Rio Olympics, she says she's still waiting for money.

"I'm not sure what happened. I'm still waiting and my Sascoc contract never came; I really don't know what the problem was."

She says that she's felt abandoned by the authorities

"I haven't been paid since February. I'm a competing athlete and the payments just stopped. I don't know what happened. I almost feel like I was left for dead in my Olympic year and that is a horrible feeling."

Viljoen says she's still waiting to find out what her future holds with Sascoc.

"I had to find other people who believe in me and supported me because the funding just stopped and I had to pay for my national championships. That is a really bad feeling to be in the position to have to train for the Olympic Games if I take into consideration how other athletes from around the world get funding from their government."

Meanwhile, Gideon Sam says that they have supported her but will meet again to sort out the issues that are lingering.

"Go into the books and see it's close to R950,000. Go and ask her, we gave her so much money; what has happened, have we accounted? They will say yes. This is to me what I want to get right amongst our athletes that it is important we work out exactly what they want."

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