Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
17 Nov 2021
11:20 am

‘Sad and unexpected’: Former Sascoc boss Tubby Reddy dies

Wesley Botton

Reddy was an honorary life president of Volleyball South Africa, and he was the chef de mission of the SA team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Tubby Reddy passed away on Wednesday morning. Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images

Tubby Reddy, the controversial former SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) chief executive, died on Wednesday morning at the age of 62.

Details remained unclear, though reports suggested he had experienced a short illness.

“We have received the news of the unfortunate passing away of Mr Reddy. This is really unexpected and very sad,” said Sascoc acting CEO Ravi Govender.

Previously a teacher, who held a BA degree from Unisa and a Masters in sports management from the University of Lyon, Reddy became an influential figure in South African sport.

A qualified volleyball coach and referee, he was an honorary life president of Volleyball South Africa, and he was the chef de mission of the SA team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

He also served as vice-president of the Confederation of African Volleyball and as a board member of the Federation of International Volleyball.

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Reddy was appointed Sascoc CEO in 2009, but he was sacked in January 2018 after being found guilty on 15 disciplinary charges, including sexual harassment, nepotism and financial misappropriation.

He denied any wrongdoing, however, claiming he had been unfairly fired along with two other senior employees, after a long-running power struggle against former Sascoc president Gideon Sam.