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South Africa federation suspended

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Olympic committee suspended the troubled national track federation on Sunday and said athletes would not be able to compete at the Olympics until the problems were resolved.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee said it had now “cut ties” with Athletics South Africa, which had been put under administration this year but defied that order Saturday by reinstating its own board.

The battle between SASCOC and ASA is also complicated by the apparent support for the track federation from international athletics body IAAF, which still considers ASA to be in charge of South African track and field.

SASCOC responded to ASA reinstating its board by warning that no track and field athletes would be allowed on South African teams.