Race for the top positions at ASA heats up

2012-05-26 19:40

A woman may once again be elected as second-in-command at the Athletics SA (ASA) elections in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, on June 9.

Vice-president Motlatsi Keikabile and former South African sprinter Geraldine Pillay have been nominated and both appear to be frontrunners.

The two have each been nominated by three provinces on the list of nominations.

“If the athletics people believe I am the right person for the position, I will accept,” said the 58-year-old school principal from Tlhabane in Rustenburg, North West.

Also in contention for the vice-presidency are Hendrick Ramaala, Aleck Skhosana and Harold Adams.

“I am humbled at the fact that young people are being punted to lead the sport,” said retired sprinter Pillay, who together with 3 000m steeplechaser Ruben Ramolefi, is also the preferred candidate for the athletes’ commission leadership.

Former Western Province Athletics president James Evans has emerged as favourite to retain the presidency.

The 52-year-old Cape Town attorney has been nominated five times. He will be challenged by Adams, Ramaala, Skhosana and Keikabile.

Pieter Lourens is likely to retain his post as the track and field chairperson, while James Moloi is a strong candidate for the road chairmanship.

Andre Goubey is a frontrunner for the cross-country chair.

Provinces have two votes while associate members have one and board members are allowed a single vote.

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