19 March 2021 - NW328
Lotriet, Prof A to ask the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture
(1).Whether the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee intends to send any officials to the Tokyo Olympics; if not, why not; if so, what (a) total number of officials, (b) are their names and positions in each case and (c) will be the cost to send each specified official, including (i) flight costs, (ii) accommodation costs and (iii) any other specified costs; (2). Whether any of the specified athletes will be subsidising any official; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, which officials will be subsidised?
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee in its response indicated the following;
1). As per the IOC/Tokyo accreditation guidelines, officials (management, coaches, mechanics, grooms, doctors, physiotherapists and administrators) form part of the overall team and are essential to ensure athlete performance.
(a). SASCOC will only know the final number of officials once all athletes and teams have qualified.
(b). The names and positions of the officials will only be known by mid-June 2021 at final team announcement.
(c). All countries receive a travel grant from Tokyo to cover all team members (athletes and officials). All team members stay at an Athlete Games Village at no cost. This includes full board and lodging.
2). Athletes will not be subsiding any official that is part of Team SA. Officials are part of Team South Africa as part of support to the athletes. As per IOC/IF Guidelines all teams, need support of management, coaches and medical to enable athletes to focus on their optimal performance.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee provided the tables below illustrating the breakdown of athletes and officials.