Sascoc set to vote

2012-11-17 20:36

Ahead of the anticipated elections on Saturday, Dniel Mothowagae gives a lowdown on the Olympic governing body’s structure

The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) will hold its yearly general meeting on Saturday.

The polls, to be staged at Olympic House in Joburg, mean a new board will take office for the next four years to lead the nation to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.

There won’t be any surprises in the contest for the presidency position after the withdrawal midweek of challenger Dr Irvin Khoza. The move paved the way for incumbent Gideon Sam to run unopposed.

A total of 183 votes is expected to be cast and the number would be 10 votes less as Boxing SA, Basketball SA, Powerboat SA and Softball SA will not vote. These federations have been placed under administration.

Interestingly, football commands more nominations in the list of hopefuls contesting the positions of vice-president and the board. The SA Football Association (Safa) is represented by Kirsten Nematandani, Nomsa Mahlangu and Mubarak Mahomed. Khoza was the fourth.

According to the Sascoc constitution, only one person can represent their federation on the board, which means if any of the three Safa candidates is elected, the rest will fall away.

Nematandani will challenge incumbent vice-presidents Leslie Williams and Hajera Kajee.

Kajee, whose designation is vice-president administration at Table Tennis SA, has served Sascoc for 16 years.

She has also been nominated for a position on the board, a space in which 25 candidates will vie for five positions.

Sam said this week: “If we’re good enough, we will be tested by the electorate.”

In his response to Dr Khoza’s withdrawal, he said: “My immediate response was that for a man who pledges support for me, he’s a man who is needed in sport. The Iron Duke (as Khoza is affectionately known) has got the skills in fundraising that many of us do not have.”

Sam added that leaders must be challenged. “In my book, anyone who puts up their hand understands the issues around democracy. I hate presidency- for-life.”

Asked about some people who are in leadership despite their federations showing no success, he said: “We must accept that criticism because you can’t sit there when your federation is not so strong. But members are elected by the federations and at Sascoc we believe we have individuals with strong administration backgrounds.”

The immediate change after Saturday’s elections would be the review of the constitution.

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