ASA committee sets out members’ responsibilities

2014-03-07 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Pieter de Jager, technical manager of Athletics South Africa (ASA), has been appointed as the interim office head by the interim committee managing athletics.

De Jager must ensure that the daily business of ASA continues while the ad hoc committee schedules an election for the organisation.

Richard Stander, CEO of Athletics Boland, was acting as administrator after an interim committee took over control of ASA after a palace revolution at the end of last year.

The ad hoc committee, which was formed on the advice of Cheikh Thiaré, special envoy of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), after two warring parties had reached a deadlock in ASA, is led by Daan du Toit, president of Athletics Gauteng North.

The committee yesterday issued a statement setting out each of the seven committee members’ responsibilities and the manner in which they will work.

Apart from having to organise the committee’s meetings, Du Toit must also liaise with the IAAF, sponsors and media.

George Lamb (Central Gauteng), deputy chair, is responsible for ASA’s finances, while Colleen McNally (Central Gauteng) is the secretary. She must also see to it that the SA half marathon team is entered and run in this month’s World Half Marathon meeting in Denmark.

Dr Paul van der Merwe (Central North West) must ensure that the IAAF’s plan for the election is put in place.

Sam Mlangeni (Central Gauteng) will be the committee’s contact with athletes and their coaches, while Mike Fraser (Boland) must ensure that an SA field cross-country running team compete in the Africa meeting in Uganda. Brandon du Plessis (SA schools) must ensure that an SA team compete from today in Poland in the World Indoor meeting. He is also responsible for the participation of other SA teams at international meetings.

The ad hoc committee must meet at least once a month and will investigate several issues and report back to the new ASA council.

The nominations for the election close on April 24. None of the ad hoc committee members may be nominated.

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