Sports bodies face parliament

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The bitter war between Sascoc and Athletics South Africa is going to parliament tomorrow where the Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation hope to bring it to an end.

The two sports bodies will also be taken to task by members of the committee, who will urge them to work as a unit in preparation for the Beijing Olympics.

The problems started after Leonard Chuene, ASA president, went to the same parliament where ASA made a presentation on the issue of transformation.

Chuene accused Sascoc of lack of transformation, which had resulted in the Olympic body saying they will take disciplinary action against him.

Butana Komphela, chairman of the committee, has ruled that Sascoc were out of order in trying to take action against Chuene.

Komphela said Chuene was protected by the privilege of addressing parliament, adding that what Sascoc were doing "is in contempt with this body".

On the other hand, the South African Football Association will also go to Parliament tomorrow to explain the hiring of Brazilian Joel "Guitarman" Santana.

Minister of Sports and Recreation, Makhenkesi Stofile, argued that Safa should have satisfied themselves when hiring Santana that there are no other suitable people in South Africa to coach Bafana Bafana.

Santana does not have international experience as he has never played nor coached at national level.

Safa will also give the committee a report on the preparations for the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.