Sascoc withdraws ASA suspension

2014-01-29 16:48

The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has withdrawn the suspension of the membership of Athletics SA (ASA), the Olympic governing body announced today.

Sascoc – which severed ties with the ASA in June last year – said in a statement that it fully backed the interim committee that ousted James Evans and his board at a general meeting in November last year.

The latest move by Sascoc follows failure by a representative of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to arrive in the country last week in a visit that was expected to start the process of resolving the impasse in domestic athletics.

The executive assistant to IAAF president Lamine Diack, Cheikh Thiare, was expected in the country last week but failed to arrive because of visa problems.

Thiare is part of a two-man committee, together with SA’s International Olympic Committee member Sam Ramsamy, which was appointed by Diack to get to the bottom of the ASA’s woes.

In statement today, Sascoc wrote: “We have exercised patience and afforded the IAAF sufficient time, space and cooperation in the hope that they will put measures in place to resolve the leadership crisis in ASA.”

On their position regarding the status of the leadership of ASA, Sascoc said it would “deal solely with the elected members of the interim board prior to the election of a full board, which election we understand will shortly be called for by the interim board”.

The seven-member committee is made up of Sello Mokoena, Harold Adams, Aleck Skhosana, Tebogo Masehla, Jakes Jacobs, Daan du Toit and Steven Khanyile.

Meanwhile, the latest development coincided with a statement released by Evans this morning that the suspension imposed on five provincial affiliates of ASA in November stood and the so-called interim board was unlawful.

There is a pending court case at the South Gauteng High Court where the suspended group is expected to prove to the court on February 4 why they say their suspension was unlawful.

Full statement – Sascoc uplifts Athletics SA suspension

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