South African Athletics
Sascoc lifts ASA suspension
Cape Town - Athletics South Africa's suspension has been lifted, the South Africa Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) said on Wednesday.
Sascoc said the decision "would give our athletes the opportunity to represent our country at various international levels...".
At the end of June last year, Sascoc suspended ASA after its members ignored sanctions placed on its board.
also said the decision to lift the suspension would "steer the way
clear to ensuring that the provisions of corporate governance as set out
in the constitutions of ASA, Sascoc and the country, are adhered to".
was suspended by the athletics federation in terms of Clause 9.3 of its
[Sascoc] Articles of Association which gave it the power to "suspend,
fine and terminate" the membership of any federation which infringed the
Olympic body's constitution or brought the organisation into disrepute.
However, earlier in June, the IAAF reaffirmed its support for the elected ASA board members, led by president James Evans.
have exercised patience and afforded the IAAF sufficient time, space
and co-operation in the hope that they will put measures in place to
resolve the leadership crisis in Athletics South Africa (ASA)," Sascoc
said on Wednesday.
In November, in the absence of Evans, an
annual general meeting was held in Johannesburg where the existing ASA
board was dissolved and a seven-member interim board, led by Sello
Mokoena, was appointed.
Mokoena said at the time that there was a
unanimous decision to sack the board, and that the AGM was held in
accordance with the ASA and IAAF constitution.
to clause four of the IAAF constitution, an interim board would only be
recognised if prior approval was given.
While the breakaway
faction informed the IAAF that it planned on forming an ad hoc committee
it did not do so in consultation and with the approval of the athletics
"In the event of a conflict that brings the activities of a
member to a standstill, an ad hoc committee may be set up, for a
defined period, to be in charge of the management of athletics in the
country... provided always that such an ad hoc committee has been
approved by the IAAF in advance," clause four of the IAAF constitution
Sascoc said the IAAF had not responded to any
correspondence from Mokoena and it had made the decision to lift the
suspension after a visit by Cheikh Thiare, who is the director of IAAF
president Lamine Diack's executive office, did not realise.
was due in the country last week to look at finding a solution to the
stalemate together with South Africa's International Olympic Committee
(IOC) member Sam Ramsamy.
The Olympics body said it realised
Thiare would not arrive when Sascoc president Gideon Sam received a
request from Evans to arrange a visa for the IAAF representative.
Sascoc said it was the second time Thiare's planned a visit that did not take place when he cited illness for his absence.
The Olympics body said Sam had indicated to Diack that Sascoc would "still welcome the IAAF to engage the stakeholders further".
Sam emphasised that the country needed the athletes and ASA to focus on
producing quality athletes for South African teams to the African Youth
Games, 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Olympic Youth Games and the
African Union Region 5 Games.
Evans said on Wednesday he had
informed the IAAF about Sascoc's decision and he believed the
international athletics body would not be amused.
cannot take part in these events that they are saying because the IAAF
organises the athletics programs. They might be IOC events but they are
organised by the international federations," Evans said.
"So it is impossible for Sascoc to actually send a team to the Olympics if the IAAF does not accept that team."
said Sascoc's decision to recognise the interim board was bordering on
two federations running athletics in a country which was in clear breach
of the IAAF's constitution.
"This is a two federation situation
and the IAAF has said it directly to me that it would not recognise two
federations. They will recognise the one and not the other one," he