In what could be a blow to beleaguered Athletics South Africa (ASA) president James Evans, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and the Department of Sport and Recreation said they have recognised ASA’s interim committee. This, however, is pending the outcome of the meeting between ASA, Sam Ramsamy and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) representative Cheikh Thiare on January 24 and 25, Sascoc and the sports department said in a joint statement today. Ramsamy, who is South Africa’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, was appointed by the IAAF to resolve the matter of ASA’s suspension with Thiare, who is the executive assistant to the world athletics body’s president Lamine Diack. “Both Sascoc and [the sports department] take note of the interim chair and committee, which was elected in a special general meeting of ASA, held on November 30 2013. Based on the information provided both to Sascoc and the sports department, it would appear that the provisions of ASA’s constitution were complied with,” read the statement. The Olympic governing body added that “it is envisaged that a final directive will be provided for the advancement of athletics in our country and the upliftment of their suspension from Sascoc”. Sascoc suspended the membership of ASA in June, saying that the ASA board led by Evans had disregarded the sanctions placed on its board after the impeachment of Evans in March last year. Now Sascoc and the sports department said they had left the ASA leadership impasse for the IAAF and the IOC to take care of. Evans is disputing the validity of the annual general meeting that elected a seven-member committee. He is also refusing to accept his suspension by the interim board led by KwaZulu-Natal Athletics president Sello Mokoena. Evans has called for the dispute to be settled via arbitration. Mokoena told City Press last week that ASA does not have a president or a vice-president. Seven of the 10 board members who served under Evans have resigned.