olympics flop: sascoc blamed

South Africa's silver medal winner Khotso Mokoena makes an attempt in the final of the men's long jump during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium  at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 18, 2008.  (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)\n\nLONE RANGER: Team SA's silver medallist Khotso Mokoena. page 32, sow
South Africa's silver medal winner Khotso Mokoena makes an attempt in the final of the men's long jump during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle)\n\nLONE RANGER: Team SA's silver medallist Khotso Mokoena. page 32, sow

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Sports administrator Dan Moyo has blamed the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee for the team's dismal performance in China.

In the same breath, Moyo also took a swipe at the Olympic sports federations for not coming up with proper development programmes.

The former National Olympic Committee of SA (Nocsa) secretary general called for an urgent review of the sports programmes ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.

"It goes without saying that our team that is in Beijing for the Olympics was not better prepared. We did not spend the required resources in a four-year cycle for the Olympics after the [2004] Athens Olympics.

"Look at the hockey teams, they are losing nine and 10 nil. It really shows that the level of competition is too high for our teams.

"We need to play 10 or more Test matches against the powerhouses of the sport as part of the preparations," said Moyo.

Turning to development, Moyo said: "There is no hope with the present sports programmes of our national federations.

"The federations do not even have strategies to produce potential medallists. In addition, there are no succession plans to replace those who are about to retire.

"I also have a problem with the fact that we do not have qualified technical expertise to assist our athletes. In some cases some of the athletes are more qualified.

"Now look at Khotso Mokoena, he went to Beijing without a coach and did extremely well by winning our first medal [silver in the long jump].

"In preparations for 2012 in London, we need to give Khotso all the necessary support to win gold. We also need to bring the private sector to the party.

"We need to negotiate with the private sector to start employing our potential medallists, companies that will also give the athletes time off to train.

"You have to remember that government alone cannot do everything, we have many people without houses and jobs," said Moyo, who also blamed Sascoc for the withdrawal of sponsors.

"After unity was achieved, we had many sponsors when we went to the Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens Olympics, but they are no longer there."

Moss Mashishi, Sascoc president, said they were planning to do a postmortem of the Beijing Olympics on their return to prepare for London 2012.

"Comparing the current environment with Nocsa is misleading. Fede- rations get more money now, the challenges are different."

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