Following media reports on the recent Rio Olympic Games Selection Policy for athletics that was signed between Athletics South Africa (ASA) and SASCOC, we hereby reiterate that no further amendments were made on the Marathon qualification other than the 17 qualification entry standards as modified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as at 26 November 2015.
These entry standards are highlighted in red on the updated Selection Policy (see link http://sascoc.co.za/wpcontent/uploads/2016/02/Olympics%20Athletics%20South%20Africa.pdf)
Subsequently, we have received confirmation and proof that the SA Marathon Championships (incorporated as part of the Buffalo Marathon) have now been approved by the IAAF as a qualification route for Rio 2016. To recognise this, we have only added the words ‘and/or 2016’ in Clause 1.8 of the eligibility of athletes.
However, we as SASCOC need to state clearly that Clause 3.4 remains as is and ASA cannot deviate from this Clause 3.4.
Athletes however, need to take note that they should have participated in either the 2014, 2015 or 2016 Championships to be eligible. This is also clearly stated in the ASA internal selection criteria (Clause 10.3, page 15).
ASA as a federation can have its own internal selection criteria for them to consider athletes for submission to SASCOC. The macro sports body will upon receipt of such a list, scrutinise it to ensure that athletes have met the prescripts of the signed selection policy.