False start for ASA elections

2014-05-11 15:00

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Athletics SA (ASA) faces a delay in electing its new leadership as its intended election date of May 24 clashes with the inauguration of the state president at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and the sports department have asked the athletics body to bring forward or postpone its special general meeting, which was supposed to usher in a new leadership.

The ad hoc committee in charge of the ASA could be asked to hold on to the reins for a few more days before they hand over if the elections are postponed.

The seven-member interim structure – led by Daan du Toit – took office on a 90-day mandate on the recommendation of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and ASA affiliates on February 24.

The IAAF’s intervention was due to there being no end in sight to the leadership dispute that had rocked athletics for almost a year.

Key to the interim structure’s mandate was to prepare for the election of a new board.

Nobody on the seven-member committee is eligible to stand for election. “We have asked them to change the date as [May 24] is important in the context of the country. At the end of

the day, the IAAF should understand that, as we are not changing the policy but the date,” Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy told City Press.

The IAAF has already been notified of the postponement of the elective conference.

Du Toit said: “We are definitely going to postpone, but we are yet to decide on a new date.” The ad hoc structure ticked off a few boxes in their terms of reference manual during their time at the helm.

These included:

»Scrapping pending court cases between ASA’s warring factions and lifting the suspensions of five provincial affiliates;

»Coordinating the nomination process of the elections and calling a special general meeting;

»Taking control of ASA bank accounts and avoiding incurring unnecessary debt, including taking the tough decision not to fork out R200?000 to send a team of 24 to the African Cross Country Championships in Uganda in March;

»Overseeing the organisation of the SA Junior and Senior Championships last month; and

»?Entering ASA teams in international events: the World Indoor Championships in Poland and the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, both in March; and the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in China last week.

Leadership Nomination list

PRESIDENCY

James Evans (Western Province Athletics, WPA); Sello Mokoena (KZN Athletics, KZNA); Dr Harold Adams (Boland Athletics, BOLA); Aleck Skhosana (KZNA); Steve Mkasi (KZNA)

VICE-PRESIDENCY

Dr Harold Adams (Bola); James Evans (WPA); Sello Mokoena (KZNA); Dr Kulu Ferreira (Athletics Free State, AFS); Motlatsi Keikabile (Athletics North West North, ANWN); Daan Louw (Border Athletics, Bora);

Steve Mkasi (KZNA); William Mokatsanyane (SA Schools Athletics)

CROSS-COUNTRY COMMISSION CHAIR

Jakes Jacobs (WPA); Andy James (WPA); Steven Khanyile (Central

Gauteng Athletics, CGA); Daan Louw (Bora); Sello Mokoena (KZNA)

ROAD RUNNING COMMISSION CHAIR

James Evans (WPA); Klasie Geldenhuys (AFS); Jakes Jacobs (WPA);

Steve Mkasi (KZNA); James Moloi (CGA); Ferdie Nel (Athletics Griqualand West, AGW); Norrie Williamson (KZNA)

TRACK AND FIELD COMMISSION CHAIR

James Evans (WPA); Pieter Lourens (Bola); Cedric Van Wyk (WPA)

ATHLETES’ COMMISSION CHAIR

Dorah Mngwevu (CGA); Elizna Naude (AFS)

ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERS

Leon Bannau (Limpopo Athletics, Lima); Allen Barnes (WPA); James Evans (WPA); Klasie Geldenhuys (AFS); Nthatu Gwadiso (Bora); Rishi Hansrajh (KZNA); Jakes Jacobs (WPA); Motlatsi Keikabile (ANWN);

Sabata Kumalo (Athletics Vaal Triangle); Wimpie Lodewyk (AFS); Pieter Lourens (Bola); Esther Malema (Lima); Richard Mayer (CGA); Steve Mkasi (KZNA); Hendrick Mokganyetsi (Department of correctional

services); James Moloi (CGA); Lungisile Molwana (Athletics Transkei); Ferdie Nel (AGW); Lee-Roy Newton (KZNA); Shireen Noble (Athletics South Western Districts); Steven Swarts (AFS); Owen van Niekerk (CGA); Norrie Williamson (KZNA)

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