ASA: Sascoc push for swift end to problems

2014-01-09 00:00

PRETORIA — The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) hope that the end of the month will see an end to the problems in Athletics South Africa (ASA).

Sam Ramsamy, a former South Africa Olympic boss and these days on the executive committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Cheikh Thiare, a delegate from the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), will meet with the opposing roleplayers on January 25 and 26.

Ramsamy and Thiare were scheduled to hold the meeting last year in Johannesburg, but Thiare fell ill.

Yesterday, Sascoc said in a statement they and the Department of Sport acknowledge the role that Ramsamy and Thiare will have.

“Both Sascoc and SRSA [Sport and Recreation SA] take note of the interim chair and committee, which was elected in a special general meeting of ASA,” Sascoc said in the statement.

“Based on the information provided both to Sascoc and SRSA, it would appear that the provisions of the ASA constitution were complied with.”

The seven-member interim committee replaced the embattled ASA president James Evans and his board after a motion of no confidence was made and unanimously accepted at an annual general meeting (AGM) in Kempton Park at the end of November.

Evans said the AGM was invalid and unconstitutional as no item on the agenda was discussed while the annual report and annual financial statements were not tabled or discussed.

Despite their suspension, Evans and fellow board members Hendrick Ramaala and Geraldine Pillay continue to send out statements on behalf of the federation.

The motion of no confidence was put forward by five of the largest athletic provinces in SA — Boland, KwaZulu-Natal, Central Gauteng, Western Province and South Western Districts — who say they represent 80% of the country’s athletes.

Sascoc had earlier suspended ASA’s membership because ASA could not end the conflict and financial issues among its members.

If Sascoc do not reinstate ASA’s membership, SA athletes will not be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Scotland this year.

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