Athletics

Skhosana new ASA president

ASA logo (File)
ASA logo (File)
Johannesburg - Aleck Skhosana was announced as the new president of Athletics SA (ASA) at a special general meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday where a new board was also elected.


The board would only stand until 2016 which would give it limited time to get the sport back on track.

Elections were held for positions on the ASA executive board: president, vice-president, chairpersons of the cross-country commission, the road running commission, the track and field commission and the athletes' commission, and four additional members.

Saturday's elections brought an end to a year-long power struggle and sees Skhosana, a former KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA) president take the reins after the position was left vacant when the previous president James Evans stepped down in following a visit in February.

On his visit to South Africa in February, IAAF representative Cheikh Thiare met with the ASA council, represented by 15 of 17 provinces and an ASA general assembly, which include Evans' depleted board and one mandated provincial member.

The recognised ASA executive, led by Evans, and the federation's interim board, led by chairman Sello Mokoena, subsequently stepped down with both groups -- each previously claiming to have control of the federation --agreeing to the appointment of an interim committee.

Skhosana beat off a challenge by Mokoena, Evans and Steve Mkasi, while Harold Adams was elected as vice-president after he withdraw his candidature for president.

KZNA was declared bankrupt under Skhosana, while the province had been marred by allegations of fraud, corruption and mismanagement.

President: Aleck Skhosana Vice-president: Dr Harold Adams Cross-country commission chairman: Jakes Jacobs Road running commission chairman: James Moloi Track and field commission chair: Pieter Lourens Athletes commission: Dorah Mngwevu Additional board members: Ntathu Gwadiso, Motlatsi Keikabile, Esther Malema, Shireen Noble.

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