Cycling SA amends constitution
Johannesburg - South Africa's governing body for cycling said on Saturday it had amended its constitution, in line with a request from the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).
Cycling SA (CSA) said the federation's affiliates had unanimously adopted the new constitution at a special congress in Johannesburg.
"SASCOC legal adviser Raymond Hack stressed that SASCOC is looking for development and growth in sport in South Africa," CSA said in a statement.
"It will be up to the nine provinces to run each discipline, and this is a great step forward in terms of developing certain disciplines in areas where they might not currently be active.
"Where facilities are not currently in place to develop certain disciplines, Sport and Recreation SA will assist in establishing facilities in these provinces."
The cycling body said the amended constitution was a "positive step" for the sport in the country, bringing it in line with policies set out by SASCOC.
"The sport will now be governed by the nine geo-political provinces, plus there will be a rider representative, making up the 10th member," CSA said.
"The appointment of the rider affiliate is an exciting development as it gives the riders an active position in the management of the sport.
All provinces have until the end of December 2012 to amalgamate their sub structures into single provincial structures.
The federation confirmed there would be no changes to events on their 2012 calendar but constitutional changes would come into effect on January 1, 2013. All cycling events in the country would have to be sanctioned by CSA via the provincial affiliates.
"This is to ensure that all events are run in a safe environment with all the necessary measures in place, such as traffic regulations and safety aspects," the federation said.
Broadcast rights for cycling events would also have to be endorsed by CSA.
"CSA prides itself in being one of the first federations to embrace this new constitution, which is in line with transformation and development objectives," the cycling body said.
SASCOC called on CSA last year to revise its constitution and bring it in line with a process which was already underway in other affiliated national sporting federations.
The call was made at a meeting between senior SASCOC officials and representatives of CSA in November.