Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
8 Jul 2015
3:43 pm

Sascoc reveals Olympic selection policies

Wesley Botton

South African athletes and swimmers will need to be in top form at next year's national championships, or they will not be going to the Rio Games, the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) confirmed on Wednesday.

FILE PICTURE: Tubby Reddy. Picture: Michel Bega

Exceptions could be made on a case by case basis for athletes who were injured or ill, according to Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy, but those who were fit and healthy needed to achieve the qualifying standards at the trials in order to book their place in the track and field or swimming teams.

“It will be treated on a case by case basis for athletes who may be injured or sick, and we will continue to engage with the federations in this regard,” Reddy said after the Olympic body’s selection policies were revealed.

The men’s and women’s football teams would be the only squads allowed to qualify through continental competitions. All other team codes would need to book their places through global events.

“The African football qualifiers is the only process allowed by Fifa and the IOC, so that is the route we must take,” Reddy said.

The football sides were still facing a major hurdle, however, needing to win the African Under-23 Championships to qualify for the Games.

Meanwhile, a total of 71 able-bodied and disabled athletes were included in the latest Operation Excellence (Opex) programme, 59 of whom would receive “full” funding and support.

Sascoc said the athletes had requested a total of R28.6 million to prepare themselves for the Rio Games, and the Olympic body confirmed it would provide R12.3 million over the next six months, after which the Opex programme would be reassessed.