South Africa’s Olympic committee suspended the troubled national track federation and said athletes like Caster Semenya would not be able to compete at the Olympics or Commonwealth Games until the problems were resolved.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee said it had now “cut ties” with Athletics South Africa, which had been put under administration this year but defied that order by reinstating its own board.
The battle between SASCOC and ASA is also complicated by the apparent support for the track federation from international athletics body IAAF, which still considers ASA to be in charge of South African track and field. SACOC said that ASA was suspended as a member of the South African Olympic body and “can continue to engage with the IAAF on functioning and administration of the sport”.
“The IAAF does not recognize SASCOC as a sports authority. The IAAF would rather support ASA, which has no leadership,” said SASCOC.