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South African sports administrators are supposed to channel their energies into assembling a well-oiled team to the Beijing Olympics, which are only five months away.
Instead they are involved in an acrimonious war of their own.
As usual, in the build-up to the Olympics, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and Athletics South Africa (ASA) are involved in a public mudslinging.
At the root of the dispute are allegations that ASA president Leonard Chuene went to the portfolio committee on sports and recreation in Parliament in November to complain about lack of transformation at Sascoc.
Chuene was speaking as a leader of ASA - the only sporting code in South Africa which has consistently returned from the Olympics with medals.
Sascoc did not take kindly to Chuene's utterances because earlier this year they soon threatened to charge him with bringing their confederation into disrepute.
There are also allegations of financial mismanagement by the ASA. The latter organisation has since invited whoever has doubts to scrutinise their books.
It is a known fact that Sascoc, including its predecessor, the National Olympic Committee of South Africa, has always had running battles with the frank leadership of the ASA.
Incidentally,y the Olympics confederation would always criticise Chuene only when ASA elections were around the corner.
In their defence ASA say Sascoc are in a habit of protecting those who seem to be their lapdogs yet being reluctant to ensure develpment and transformation in their sporting codes.
ASA, in their argument have publicly asked why the Vusi Mgobhozi-led Basketball South Africa, whom some of their executive members are disenchanted with, is not a concern to Sascoc. The basketball structure has also never held a normal meeting since its elections in 2006.
Problems at BSA took another direction after the National Lottery Board suspended their funding of the national coach's salary and international participation.
Some of the BSA structures have accused Sascoc of protecting Mgobhozi because he is sitting on their board.
I think it's time the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Makhenkesi Stofile, looked into these problems because they don't augur well for the Olympics team's good perormance in Beijing.