Aleck Skhosana named Athletics SA president

2014-06-07 13:44

Aleck Skhosana was announced as the new president of Athletics SA at a special general meeting in Joburg today where a new board was also elected.

The board would only stand until 2016, which would give it limited time to get the sport back on track.

Elections were held for positions on the Athletics SA executive board: president, vice-president, chairpersons of the cross-country commission, the road running commission, the track and field commission and the athletes’ commission, and four additional members.

Today’s elections brought an end to a year-long power struggle and sees Skhosana, a former KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA) president take the reins after the position was left vacant when former president James Evans stepped down in February.

On his visit to SA in February, International Association of Athletics Federations representative Cheikh Thiare met with the Athletics SA council, represented by 15 of 17 provinces and an Athletics SA general assembly, which include Evans’ depleted board and one mandated provincial member.

The recognised Athletics SA executive, led by Evans, and the federation’s interim board, led by chairperson Sello Mokoena, subsequently stepped down with both groups – each previously claiming to have control of the federation – agreeing to the appointment of an interim committee.

Skhosana beat off a challenge by Mokoena, Evans and Steve Mkasi, while Dr Harold Adams was elected as vice-president after he withdrew his candidature for president.

KZNA was declared bankrupt under Skhosana, while the province had been marred by allegations of fraud, corruption and mismanagement.

President: Aleck Skhosana

Vice-president: Dr Harold Adams

Cross-country commission chairperson: Jakes Jacobs

Road running commission chairperson: James Moloi

Track and field commission chair: Pieter Lourens Athletes commission: Dorah Mngwevu

Additional Board members: Ntathu Gwadiso, Motlatsi Keikabile, Esther Malema, Shireen Noble.

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