Majavu ‘prepared to step aside’

2013-06-21 19:36

Athletics South Africa (ASA) administrator Zola Majavu has apparently changed his mind.

Earlier this week, he told sources he had quit.

Now he says he did not quit but if his continued presence at the helm of ASA runs the risk of jeopardising the athletes, he is prepared to step aside.

“What you said in your story that I’ve had enough, it’s true. This uncertainty is not doing my brand any good but most importantly is not doing the brand of athletics any good. And the sooner it is resolved the better.

“Your sources would have told you that I’m frustrated. I feel helpless when I can’t give definite answers to athletes.”

Majavu refused to comment on Wednesday and instead referred City Press to Sascoc.

He later told MetroFM 083Sport@6 with Robert Marawa that he did not resign, contradicting the statements from sources who had heard it from the horse’s mouth.

Said Majavu in a one-on-one interview with City Press yesterday: “I’m not prepared to run away from my responsibilities if I know where

I stand – I did not resign.”

He said if Sascoc reinstated the previous board based on an agreement reached with the IAAF “by implication you can’t have the board and the administrator. Then I will voluntarily go. I wouldn’t wait until I’m pushed.”

This comes after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) threatened to ban South African athletes because of the situation at ASA.

The world athletics governing body did not recognise Majavu.

As a result, Sascoc met with the IAAF on the sidelines of an Olympic Committee conference in Switzerland over the weekend to explain why it had put the ASA under administration.

Said Sascoc president Gideon Sam: “Sascoc dealt with all the matters of concern to them and they (the IAAF) accepted our position. The steps being proposed going forward are of mutual understanding hence our desire to make it happen.”

However, Majavu pointed out: “Unfortunately the fundamental question is that: what is Sascoc’s take on my appointment by them vis-a-vis the stance of IAAF? I don’t want (James) Evans (suspended ASA president) tomorrow to say athletes did not qualify because of that

Majavu, which is the line he is pushing.

“My dilemma is that I did not suspend the previous board and therefore I don’t have the power to uplift that suspension. I didn’t appoint myself; I don’t have the power to speak about it.”

» Evans has subsequently opened a criminal case against Majavu. “He breached the Companies Act. I told him I would challenge him. He did not hijack (ASA) from me, but from the legitimate board. Why is he crying if he told me to do so?” said Evans.

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