Athletics SA administrator Zola Majavu voluntarily steps aside

2013-06-20 00:00

ATHLETICS SA (ASA) administrator Zola Majavu has voluntarily stepped aside ahead of an expected move by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) to hand back the administration of athletics to the suspended board.

Majavu was hardly halfway into his 120-day mandate at the beleaguered federation since he assumed office on April 18.

He refused to comment, except to say, “I am not happy”, and referred sister paper City Press to Sascoc for comment.

Two sources privy to the latest developments — one within ASA and the other in Sascoc — have confirmed his departure.

The latest episode followed weeks of South African athletes’ uncertainty over their future in competing on the international stage after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) threatened to ban them, owing to the situation at ASA. Sascoc met the IAAF on the sidelines of an Olympic committees’ conference in Switzerland this past weekend in a bid to explain why it had put ASA under administration. Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy was quoted as saying the meeting “went well”.

But apparently the IAAF refused to acknowledge that the ASA had been put under administration but understood the Olympic governing body’s reasons for suspending ASA president James Evans.

Reddy did not answer his phone when approached for comment. Sascoc was expected to release a press statement on the matter.

Evans has been fighting to get his position back, but failed several attempts through the courts, following his impeachment on March 9.

The IAAF said in a letter to Reddy recently that they recognised Evans and his board and not Majavu.

“Majavu doesn’t want to be part of the impasse any longer,” said a source within ASA.

“The IAAF did not have the report of Evans’s impeachment, hence they stated their backing of him as ASA president.”

Evans’s latest attempt to get involved in athletics was rejected by Sascoc last week when he announced the team to the IAAF World Youth Championships that runs in Donetsk, Ukraine, next month.

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