JOHANNESBURG – The South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has warned it will “tackle” federations dragging their feet signing selection criteria agreements a year out from the Tokyo Olympics.
Sixteen of the 31 sports eligible to represent South Africa at the Games have not met the deadline. The agreements between Sascoc and each national sports federation stipulate the qualifying criteria for the next Olympic Games that will kick off in Tokyo next July 24.
But nearly half of the sporting codes, including hockey, athletics, rugby, boxing and football, were either disputing parts of the agreements or were merely dragging their feet in the process.
Debbie Alexander, a member of the Sascoc high-performance advisory committee, said they have been given until Monday to sign the agreements.
“The deadline has already passed, and the staff has told the federations that the time is up, they are way past their dates,” Alexander said.