ASA 'impeding progress'

2010-09-01 13:42

Johannesburg - A senior official has accused four Athletics South Africa (ASA) provinces of impeding the progress made by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), in control of the federation since November last year.

A proposal to hold elections for seven vacant board posts was rejected by Limpopo, Griqualand West, Transkei and KwaZulu-Natal at a council meeting last weekend, and SASCOC's intentions of stepping back by the end of September have been blocked.

"Some provinces vehemently opposed the proposal," said the official, the head of one of ASA's 17 provincial members.

"Even when it was pointed out ASA could be suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations if there were no elections, and it could be in the breach of the Companies Act, they would not budge."

Three suspended ASA board members and two staffers who have not resigned, will be charged in disciplinary hearings this week, while ASA interim administrator Ray Mali says he will lay charges with the South African Police and further civil action will be considered against anyone who unduly benefitted during the reign of suspended ASA boss Leonard Chuene.

The official, who would not be named because "things are a bit sensitive at this stage", said Mali, a SASCOC board member mandated to form an elected ASA board, wanted a new executive in place by the end of this month.

"Mali made it clear he had other commitments from the end of September, and the IAAF wants an elective board to be in place as soon as reasonably possible" the offical said.

"He also said ASA's financial position was very serious and an elected board would need to make decisions as to its future."

Chuene and his entire executive were suspended by SASCOC 10 months ago, along with three staff members, for alleged financial mismanagement and their handling of world 800m champion Caster Semenya.


  • kakata - 2010-09-07 14:15

    It is shocking for the three provinces namely Western Province Athletics, Boland Athletics and Eastern Province who declared themselves as representative and mouthpieces of all ASA provinces in the distabilisation of athletics in the country to turn around and point fingers at other provinces when they are overuled in council meetings. In September 2009, the three provinces went out of a council meeting and claim that council has disagreed. The President of Western Province who was part of drafting the Press Release statement turn the corner and regarded himself as the representative of provinces. He circulated emails which led to the suspension of the ASA board. These provinces again went to ASA council meeting on the 28 August 2010 and they were again part of council resolution of not going ahead with the ASA election. Accourding to policy, council is the highest body of an organisation to which members must respect its decisions. Why are theses provinces not having the power to influence council to be on their side? People must have the curtacy to respect council resolutions. It is also unfortunate that a Board can operate outside the council mandate. The other question is why should SASCOC take decisions for a federation? SASCOC has no right to take such decisions. The election date set by SASCOC in my sense is the SASCOC elections not the ASA elections.

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