Team SA touched down in Gaborone, Botswana on Tuesday as they set to take part in the African Union Sport Council (AUSC) 2018 Region V Games, but some of the athletes had no accommodation and had to sleep on the floor in a dormitory.
According to Graeme Joffe, a former international sports anchor for CNN World Sport known for investigating corruption in South African sport, 15 of the Team SA female athletes had no place to stay.
They slept on the floor in a dormitory last night (Tuesday). No toilet paper, no showers after a 10-hour bus ride. Is that how SASCOC looks after SA athletes? Sickening.
In a statement, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) said that they have had some logistical issues. “The LOC was unfortunately not completely ready for our arrival in terms of accommodation.
“Our team is accommodated at the University, however some of the rooms set aside for Team SA were not ready, as the students had not yet vacated their rooms. The management team is doing its best to resolve this situation and helping the team to acclimatise to Botswana,” the statement read.
It was reported that both the judo and swimming female teams slept on the floor again on Wednesday night with SASCOC claiming that President Mr Gideon Sam had been in touch with the South African high commission in Botswana to intervene should this matter not be resolved by lunchtime today.
“We are working flat out to make sure the team receives the best care there is. Acting CEO Patience Shikwambana has been talking regularly with the Chef de Mission to help resolve the matter.”
Despite the lack of accommodation issue, SASCOC said Team SA athletes are acclimatising to the Gaborone environment and getting into their sporting programme well.
The opening ceremony for the U-20 Youth Games will be held on Friday 7 at the Botswana National Stadium.