New look ASA interim board elected amidst controversy over weekend

2009-11-23 00:00

A NEW-LOOK Athletics South Africa (ASA) interim board was elected amidst controversy at the meeting of provinces held at Sascoc (SA Olympic Committee) House in Houghton on Saturday.

The meeting, under the chairmanship of newly appointed administrator Ray Mali, elected three athletes to the board, fewer than the 50% that the athletes had wanted.

Blanche Moila, Geraldine Pillay, and Hendrick Ramaala were the athletes elected with Peter Lourens from Boland, Daan Louw (Border), James Makoka (Gauteng North), James Evans (Western Province), James Moloi (CGA) and Aleck Skosana (KZN) completing the interim selection.

Many athletes and delegates were unhappy with the selections of Skosana and Moloi, who it was said were strong supporters of Leonard Chuene’s administration.

Although Evans had sat on the previous body, he had been given a mandate at the recent Western Province AGM, whereas it is felt the other two do not have athlete and club support in their province.

Recent reports have gone as far as to name KZNA, under President Skosana, as being the last major supporter of Chuene. This has been exacerbated by the vociferous stand taken by previous ASA board member and KZNA vice president Dr Simon Dlamini.

Although suspended by Sascoc, Skosana supported Dlamini’s continued involvement in provincial affairs after Wednesday’s executive meeting, where it was decided to pay for two delegates to attend a last attempt by the previous board to recruit provincial support.

Skosana defended the decision to send delegates to both meetings as a means of obtaining all views prior to getting a mandate from a general meeting of the provinces’ clubs. If called this would be the executive’s first consultation with their electorate since the saga began in August.

Whereas Moila, who is also on the KZN executive, was elected on behalf of the athletes, Skosana’s eligibility for the interim board was being questioned by clubs and athletes after yesterday’s meeting.

Apart from the KZN and CGA controversy North West province were forced into observer status as they had sent two separate delegations to the meeting.

This aside the meeting outcome was generally welcomed as being a new beginning for the sport.

Mali said he had been heartened by the enthusiasm shown.

”It was a very positive and constructive meeting. All present realised the need for change and wanted to be part of that change,” Mali said.

Although not naming the companies involved, Mali was able to announce that the sponsors who had previously been involved had confirmed their interest in taking the sport forward.

“We have agreed on a two-day meeting at Athletics South Africa headquarters on November 27 to 28 where we will decide on the next course of action,” continued the veteran cricket administrator.

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