The Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association said that Sask Sport has cut funding to their organization.
$194,000 in total will no longer go to the association.
SAWA President Jonathan Smith said unfortunately, the cuts are due to reports that weren’t submitted on time.
“Why they were late? Ultimately, it’s because we didn’t have any employees. Despite my willingness to volunteer in odd hours of the day. I did ask members for help from our association, but we didn’t get anyone coming forward.”
Smith said in addition, his wife is currently undergoing chemotherapy, so his time was dedicated to her.
He said now, he’s not sure what the future holds.
“I guess the situation I’m faced with now, is that our membership has lost confidence in our board of directors and would like to remove our board of directors.”
Sask Sport declined an interview to CKRM, however in a statement said the following:
All organizations that receive direct funding from the Trust have criteria and accountability requirements they must adhere to in order to remain eligible to receive funding, and Sask Sport works proactively with all of its member organizations to maintain the integrity of the system. Suspensions to funding for any member organization would follow a period of repeated efforts to have them meet the requirements.
It is important to note that:
Funding to SAWA has been suspended effective September 1, 2018. During the suspension period, Sask Sport will work with the wrestling community to ensure funding continues to be available to wrestling programs. Sask Sport is hopeful that the SAWA organization will address their issues so that the funding can be reinstated to the organization.
Sask Sport was not involved in the University of Regina Athletics Programming and Operations Report completed January 2017. Questions regarding the athletic departmental program cuts are to be directed to the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health at the University of Regina.