James Evans elected ASA president

2011-07-30 12:34

James Evans was announced as the new president of Athletics SA (ASA) today. Evans replaced suspended president Leonard Chuene.

ASA board member Motlatsi Keikabile, of Athletics North West, was elected vice-president.

The positions were left vacant after the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) found Chuene and his former vice-president Kakata
Maponyane guilty of financial impropriety in February.

Chuene was banned from involvement in any sport under the jurisdiction of Sascoc for seven years, and Maponyane was handed a five-year ban.

The announcement was made by an ASA official after midday at a special general meeting in Johannesburg.

The nine nominees put forward for the president’s post earlier this month included Evans, who was left in temporary charge of the federation after the
new board took the reins of ASA in September last year.

Evans said yesterday it was encouraging that so many candidates believed they stood a realistic chance of leading the embattled federation.

“I hope open elections will bring stability to the sport afterwards,” he said.

The race to fill the two posts had already seen one casualty after ASA athletes’ chair and former sprinter Geraldine Pillay withdrew shortly after the list of
nominees was released to the provinces and associate members.

An unprecedented number of nominees were submitted, with nine candidates for president, and 10 for vice-president.

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