Maybe looking at the law would help!
All sport and recreation in South Africa is governed by the Sports and Recreation Act of 1998 (as amended). Yes this is an Act of Parliament passed by the highest authority in the land – parliament! As such it really does not matter as to whether the reader agrees with it or not, it is the law!
But, what does the Act say in this regard?
It reads as follows:
“National Federation: means a national governing body of a code of sport or recreational activity in the Republic recognised by the relevant international controlling body as the only authority for the administration and control of the relative code of sport or recreational activity in the Republic;”
Simply put it means that first the international body recognises the national federation and then the government recognises such body.
This means that some people have really misunderstood the entire process.
While such persons are claiming that some international events were not official, it seems now that they indeed are as recognition begins with the international federation.
So, again, a national federation is a national federation when the international body recognises it to be so, and an international event is official when the international federation says it is.