IAAF hopes ASA elections will set new standards

2014-06-08 06:00

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has called on the newly elected Athletics SA (ASA) board members to put aside their differences and lead the national federation by principle and loyalty.

Former KwaZulu-Natal Athletics president Aleck Skhosana was elected the new president with a landslide victory, while Harold Adams received the vote for vice-president.

Speaking shortly after the ASA elective conference at Olympic House in Johannesburg yesterday, IAAF executive assistant Cheikh Thiaré said: “We hope that today’s elections will set new standards in the governance of our member federation ASA. To all those concerned, put aside the differences and put an end to the endless conflict. Those who won [the elections] should lead by principle and loyalty and to those who lost, I recommend sportsmanship.”

The Senegal-born official, who is a director in the office of IAAF president and compatriot Lamine Diack, also paid tribute to the seven member ad hoc committee for laying the foundation for the elections.

The interim structure, chaired by Daan du Toit, will hand over to the elected board in due to course.

Thiaré said that the existence of the properly elected board was the first step towards ensuring that “principles of good governance are upheld by all”.

“We have confidence in the new team that they will facilitate ways to source sponsorship for ASA.”

In his acceptance speech, Skhosana said: “We assure [IAAF] that you will not come back to South Africa to resolve similar problems. We spent almost six years bickering and fighting amongst ourselves. We need to strategise and focus on our core business - to serve athletes.”

» Read City Press newspaper today for more on the ASA’s new president

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