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SASCOC to suspend CSA?

2012-10-24 19:30

Johannesburg - Issues around the composition of Cricket SA's (CSA) board have resulted in its annual general meeting (AGM) being postponed, CSA said on Wednesday.

"This has been done to bring about the necessary harmonisation between CSA's proposed governance structure, and the respective recommendation of the Nicholson committee of inquiry and CSA's SASCOC membership obligations," spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith said.

The AGM, scheduled for Saturday, would now take place on November 30, in terms of a special resolution passed by its members' forum.

The postponement follows a disagreement between the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and CSA over the board's restructuring.

CSA proposed the new-look board of 11 would include five independent members, while SASCOC wanted a larger representation from the cricket affiliates.

It was reported on Wednesday that if CSA did not comply with SASCOC's terms, it risked suspension from the sporting body. This could see the Proteas stripped of their national status.

SASCOC chief executive Tubby Reddy said this was "only the worst case scenario".

Recommendations made by the Nicholson committee of inquiry regarding the composition of the board were at the heart of the current impasse.

The committee, chaired by retired judge Chris Nicholson and appointed by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, recommended CSA's board be made smaller.

It was also suggested the majority of the board should consist of independent, professionally-skilled, non-executive directors.

CSA last week appointed five independent board members and was expected to elect five non-independents at Saturday's AGM.

Reddy said SASCOC had been on the steering committee and had stated its concern over the lack of representatives from cricket on the board.

"Sport needs to run sport and we said rather than five-and-five, a better balance would be three independents and seven from the sport," Reddy said.

CSA last Friday agreed the board would consist of five independents and nine non-independents, said Reddy.

"That would be for the interim of three years during which CSA will ensure that structures and geopolitical boundaries are in place," he added.

Reddy said there had been positive developments in CSA president Norman Arendse's complaint to SASCOC that he was overlooked for the position of board chairman.

The SASCOC head said CSA had agreed to arbitration to address Arendse's allegations.

He said CSA's willingness to postpone the AGM - coupled with the arbitration and compromise on the board composition - suggested their differences could be resolved without the threat of suspension.

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Comments
  • clive.priestman - 2012-10-24 19:04

    "Sport needs to run sport" Then why don't you let that happen?

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-24 19:38

      Bring out the clowns.. The circus is back in town!

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-10-24 20:22

      The recommendation was made to weed out a certain element that was like a cancer to SA cricket, but that cancer isn't that easily cured!!! They are so stupid when they say leave sport to the sportsmen and then have their political pals covering their backs!!! BRAD, well said. An Aussie politician has already called for a boycot of SA sport for that same reason!!!

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-10-24 21:07

      Between these idiots wanting to suspend the sporting body and the Kings playing in the S15, they have made SA the laughing stock of the sporting world!!!!!!!!!!!!

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-25 15:48

      Yes, SASCOC has say over cricket matters. They do not only govern Olympic sport. They are not NOCSA under a different name. Instead: "The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is the controlling body for all high performance sport in South Africa and was formed as a Section 21 Company by representatives of all the sports bodies at a general meeting held on 27 November 2004." Their mandate includes ""to affiliate to and/or be recognized by the appropriate international, continental and regional sport organisations for high performance sport and for that purpose act as the recognized national entity for the Republic of South Africa..."

  • Brad - 2012-10-24 19:42

    Please do strip them of their national status so that the world can see that there has been no change in government interference of sport since apartheid during which they insisted that sporting sanctions would be a good idea. Imagine the number one team in the world being unable to compete on the international stage. That would seriously show the government up as the complete joke it is.

  • davlyn.brider - 2012-10-24 19:50

    ......and the Proteas may lose their national status. The only thing suffering through the ongoing political interference in cricket as a game is the game of "Cricket". This in turn leads us, the nation who support and love the players to suffer. As for SASCOC, don't you have a R 400 million rand pocket lining deal to worry about. Leave CSA alone they have achieved way more as body, even with their obvious failures, than SASCOC ever could.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-10-24 19:53

    Time to disband this whole sad lot to form an independent private cricket board without any cadres or sloppy politician involvement. We will soon see who get the sponsors and what teams will fill the staduims. That will be the prelude to rugby and soccer to follow suit. No politicians in sport, and definately no anc's. Everything they have touched the last 18 years have turned into a pile of s...... ?

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-24 19:56

    Now that we are No 1 ranked , lets pack up or transform cricket ----its called transformation.

  • staal.burgher - 2012-10-24 20:11

    This is just some move by the politicos get their slice of the pie again. Not enough cadres were appointed so now we sink the ship. Gotta love SA.

  • beth.cameron.94 - 2012-10-24 20:14

    So the real reason behind this is Norman Arendse throwing his toys! The guy was useless the last time, why does he think he could do it now? Once and for all can we stop with the racial bull#*$%. How will we look if the Proteas are stripped of their national status? We talk about the ECB and their cronies, this is no different. Little wonder that the rest of the world view us as a real 3rd world country!

  • Melville Hoffman - 2012-10-24 20:23

    Arendse/Reddy/Sam//sascoc are all a bunch of thieving,greedy lowlives!Shoot them all at dawn and rid sport of rubbish!

      steyts - 2012-10-25 11:02

      you left out morbidly obese retards

  • Bradley - 2012-10-24 20:32

    Come on Blokes, sort your BS out, we want cricket not SAA, ANC, DA, NUM, CSA.....etc. Give us cricket and SAB.

  • phillip.mungwari - 2012-10-24 21:00

    What does SASCOC have to do with this???????????????????????????

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-24 22:59

      "The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is the controlling body for all high performance sport in South Africa and was formed as a Section 21 Company by representatives of all the sports bodies at a general meeting held on 27 November 2004." I think you're getting confused with NOCSA, one of the bodies that was dissolved and replaced by SASCOC. "High performance sport" is simply sport with a reasonable following, played internationally and thus having high visibility and value for those teams/individuals who do well. Cricket obviously falls under that classification. So the functions and success of CSA fall well within SASCOC's jurisdiction. In addition, one of SASCOC's duties is "to affiliate to and/or be recognized by the appropriate international, continental and regional sport organisations for high performance sport and for that purpose act as the recognized national entity for the Republic of South Africa..." So yep, they do have the power to strip the Proteas of their national status. Not that it will happen, but still.

  • lindon.demaar - 2012-10-24 21:41

    majola majola. Tumisang y dont u toi toi about it u to blame or get melama in.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-25 08:13

    Typical, one is kick out the next useless one lining up to take over at an exhoribant salary and guess what!!!! it will happen because the powers that be always buckle down and Majola will also get a new high paying job like Gideon Sam. Thats the norm in South Africa.

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