The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) council has elected two new members to the executive committee at the organisation’s annual general meeting in Johannesburg.
Due to a 70-year age limit for a seat on the board, former SASCOC Vice-President Hajera Kajee and ordinary board member Les Williams had been forced to step down at the end of last year.
Replacing them, Barry Hendricks edged out Jerry Segwaba for the Vice-President’s post (after Athletics SA President Aleck Skhosana withdrew his nomination at the last minute) and Netball SA President Cecilia Molokwane took the chair vacated by Williams.
SASCOC President Gideon Sam, who was also preparing to step down at the end of next month after turning 70 this year, admitted the organisation was facing multiple concerns and was locked in an uphill battle to secure sufficient funding ahead of the Tokyo Games next year.
SASCOC is still trying to rope in more corporate support, and though the national Olympic body continues to receive funding from the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa, Sam said it needed to make the urgent changes recommended by a ministerial inquiry last year, in order to secure the balance of the R54 million funding it needed from government and the National Lotteries Commission to deliver teams to next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.