Cape Town - The
Department of Sports and Recreation on Thursday reached a consensus
with Athletics South Africa (ASA) which has allowed the national federation to host the CAA Senior T&F Championships scheduled for Durban on 22-26 June 2016.
followed the pronouncement of Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula
on Monday, in which he announced the revoking of the privilege of ASA to host
and bid for major and mega international tournaments in the Republic of South
the Minister said, was as a consequence of ASA not meeting their own set
Minister’s announced the ban at the handover ceremony of the third
Eminent Persons Group (EPG) report for 2014/2015.
ASA confirmed on Friday that at a meeting held on Thursday in Tshwane
led by president, Aleck Skhosana and the Director General of the Department
of Sports and Recreation, Alec Moemi, that an agreement had been reached.
"We thank the Minister, the DG and the Department
for the sensitivity they have exercised around this matter," Skhosana sais via a statement.
appreciate, in particular that after our discussions between the two parties, the
Minister’s office threw their weight behind our hosting of the African
Championships which they noted should proceed undisturbed as it had already
been in preparation long before the announcement of the Minister on Monday.
our side, we have acknowledged to the Minister through the DG, the areas where
we have had shortfalls in the accounting process and a special team in our
office has been set up to address these said areas.
ASA will re-submit what’s outstanding within the shortest possible time, as we
are confident and pride ourselves as one of the best compliant sports
federations in South Africa when it comes to transformation.
have identified the relevant glitch or two that have led to ASA being counted
among the sports bodies that the Minister referred to. We will ensure that
this mishap is not repeated."
ASA, Skhosana said, has been one of the pioneers of the Transformation Charter and they remained in the forefront in ensuring that this goal remains in the national
federation’s day-to-day focus of the sport.