Silver medalist Viljoen lashes out at SASCOC

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 25: Sunette Viljoen of South Africa in the women's javelin during the afternoon session on day 4 of the CAA 20th African Senior Championships at Kings Park Athletic stadium on June 25, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

South Africa javelin thrower, and Olympic silver medalist, Sunette Viljoen has lashed at the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), saying the organisation needs to be investigated.

The 32-year-old Viljoen, who came second in her field event at the recently concluded Games in Rio, lashed out on social media asking where the R70-million SASCOC received by the National Lottery Commission had gone.

Viljoen also made the point that she had to pay out of her own pocket to have her team tracksuit tailored for the Olympics as sizes were not taken.

Viljoen said on twitter: “If there’s 1 organisation that needs urgent investigation, it is Sascoc. Start with R70 million donation by the Lottery 2 weeks before Rio.

“Last #funfact for today. Had to pay out of my own pocket for my Olympic kit to be adjusted by a tailor, because sizes were not taken.”

Team South Africa arrived back home on Tuesday and received a hero’s welcome at the airport after achieving their pre-Games goal of reaching 10 medals.

All the South African medalists also received a monetary reward for the performances in Brazil, but Viljoen was sceptical.

She said: #Money again promised the medallists. Hope to see it within the next year. The begging is set to begin.

#I have spoken out numerous times the past few years about the lack of support for SA’s athletes. I really have nothing more to say. Thanks!”