Court bid disrupts Athletics SA AGM

2013-11-30 10:59

The anticipated Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Athletics SA (ASA) that was supposed to commence this morning has been disrupted because of court action.

Five provincial members of the ASA, which have been suspended by the athletics governing body, have launched a high court application in a bid to have their suspensions lifted.

The quintet – Boland Athletics, South West District Athletics, Central Gauteng Athletics, KwaZulu-Natal Athletics and Western Cape Athletics initially filed their application in the Western Cape High Court yesterday but it was dismissed.

A few hours later, they turned to the South Gauteng High Court and the matter was due to be heard this morning, at the same time as the scheduled AGM.

Said ASA president James Evans: “In bringing the application, the five members ignored the dispute resolution mechanisms in the constitutions of ASA and Sascoc (SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) and (they are) also in violation of the rules of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations). This will, unfortunately, impact upon the holding of the AGM.”

The latest developments followed the suspension on Thursday of board members of the five provincial affiliates for “unjustifiably violating the provisions of the ASA constitution”, according to the ASA.

The five were accused of being behind a planned meeting to pass a motion of no confidence in the ASA board, on the eve of today’s AGM.

The motion was the main part of the agenda of the special meeting that was supposed to take place in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, last night.

In the midst of all this, board members Andre Gobey of Athletics Gauteng North and KwaZulu-Natal’s Blanche Moila have tendered their resignations.

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