What a Sascoc-up: fights with Mthethwa go on and sport’s the only loser
To kick controversy out of play in SA sport, the minister and Sascoc need to level the field
The ongoing battle for the soul of sport between the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and sport minister Nathi Mthethwa is as intricate as it is ironic.
As much as the opposing parties would like one to believe it’s a clash between good versus evil, there are merits to both sides of the debate. There is also a danger that so many issues are being thrown into the ring that the fight could resemble a last-man-standing professional wrestling show.
Issue No 1 centres on Mthethwa’s alleged interference in cricket and netball, which, if true, is in contravention of the Olympic Charter. Neither of those sports are on the Olympic roster, but it’s worth remembering that the governing bodies of both codes do enjoy recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)...