Mokoena: Impasse will be resolved

2013-06-25 00:00

ATHLETICS leaders are confident that the impasse between the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and Athletics South Africa (ASA) will be resolved.

KwaZulu-Natal Athletics president Sello Mokoena told The Witness yesterday that, after being briefed by the provincial sports council, a decision was taken that the provinces would play a role in fixing ASA.

“Sascoc is giving athletics a space to sort itself out,” Mokoena said.

“The provinces need to meet to decide what to do with the current ASA board,” he said.

Mokoena was confident that the issue would be resolved within a couple of months.

In a message to athletes, he said: “We want to urge athletes to continue working hard.”

On Sunday, Sascoc suspended ASA, following a leadership battle in the organisation between the body’s president James Evans and his deputy Hendrick Ramaala.

In turn, Evans accused Sascoc of interfering in their affairs.

In their statement yesterday, Sascoc president Gideon Sam said the International Association of Athletics Federation did not recognise them as a sporting authority.

On Friday last week, Cheikh Thiaré, the director of the IAAF president’s executive office, sent a letter to Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy, accusing them of damaging relations between the two organisations.

In the letter, Thiaré said he was shocked to see a press release following their meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, which he understood to be informal.

“With all due respect, this is a serious error of judgment on Sascoc’s part and one that will certainly affect the way in which the IAAF can be expected to work together with Sascoc in [good] faith in the future,” the letter from Thiaré read.

He said that the IAAF continued to recognise the ASA board that was elected in 2012 and not the administrator appointed by Sascoc to fix the athletics body’s problems.

Sam yesterday told The Witness that there was never an agreement that Reddy’s meeting with Thiaré was to be informal.

He added that they hoped to have ASA back by their annual general meeting in August.

“We are waiting for athletics to sort itself out,” he said.

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