Provinces get tough with ASA

2009-11-10 12:00

Four of Athletics South Africa’s (ASA) provincial members said

today they would prevent the federation from fighting a suspension handed down

by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).

The Boland, Eastern Province and Western Province Athletics

Associations had previously called for the entire ASA board to step down after

president Leonard Chuene admitted he had lied about gender tests conducted on

world 800m champion Caster Semenya.

And after the board and certain members of senior management were

suspended from the Olympic body last week, the Free State association has joined

the fray.

“At the special general meeting on September 24, the meeting

unanimously agreed that ASA would co-operate with any statutory commission of

enquiry,” the provincial members said in a joint statement.

“That commission of enquiry (conducted by Sascoc) has taken its

course, but the board of ASA is now not happy with the outcome and seeks to

contest it through legal means.

“The ASA board does not have the mandate of all its member

provinces to engage in any legal proceedings against Sascoc.”

The quartet also slammed ASA for refusing to release its recent

financial statements, which had been formally requested on October 9.

“On October 19 the general manager of ASA (Molatelo Malehopo) asked

for time to the end of that week to respond,” the statement read.

“To date there has been no response and, in breach of the Companies

Act, no financial statements have been distributed.”

The four bodies went on to accuse ASA management of being “riddled

with corruption, ineptitude and outright incompetence”, and slammed the board

and senior management for focusing on their own positions, rather than the state

of the sport.

“It has become clear that the board of Athletics South Africa has

no respect for either the truth or the members of ASA,” the statement

read.

“It is also clear that the ASA board will not hesitate to waste

further money on yet more futile legal action. While the members of the board

are protecting their own positions, the sport and the athletes suffer.

“Athletics SA is now, in differing degrees, in conflict with the

International Association of Athletics Federation, the SA Sport Confederation

and Olympic Committee and all political parties in South Africa. There is no

clearer indication that the board of ASA has brought the organisation into

disrepute.”

The provincial members went on to warn the federation’s board that

if they had not resigned by noon on Wednesday, every board member would suffer

numerous consequences.

The associations threatened to lay formal charges against each

member of the board with the disciplinary committee, suggesting they all

received life bans.

They also called for a special general meeting to consider a motion

of impeachment against each individual member of the board.

Additionally, they threatened to lay criminal charges against each

member of the board for various breaches of the Companies Act, and for fraud,

“for intentionally lying to the members of ASA (at a council meeting) on

September 12 with the intention of causing them to act to their prejudice or

potential prejudice.”

The provincial members also threatened to take legal action if ASA

failed to pay alleged outstanding and overdue prize money to athletes and money

owed to provincial members for hosting ASA events.


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