Vermaak appointed ASA CEO

2011-12-14 13:48

Cape Town - Frik Vermaak was named CEO of Athletics SA (ASA) on Wednesday after holding off 25 other candidates for the post.

"Frik fulfilled all the criteria we were looking for," said ASA president James Evans.

"We needed someone with strong management skills, an ability to make decisions and not get bogged down in politics.

"And, importantly, we needed someone to be in the office to put procedures and policies into place."

The national athletics federation decided in August to appoint a CEO after issues surfaced regarding Hendrick Ramaala's position at the ASA head office in Houghton.

Ramaala, an elite marathon runner, was running the office despite sitting on the federation's board.

The matter nearly spiralled out of control, with Evans threatening to throw in the towel less than two weeks after he took office.

This was the latest in a spate of controversies dogging ASA over the last decade, with the federation hitting bottom after it was suspended by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) in November 2009.

The federation was later reinstated, but the entire board was replaced, with Evans taking over from former president Leonard Chuene.

Chuene was fired in February and barred from holding a position with any sporting code under the jurisdiction of Sascoc for seven years.

"This past year has been trying for the office as the board has had to physically run the office," Evans said.

"That is not the task of the board, but rather of a CEO.

"Frik has managed both small and big companies, has a banking background and therefore will understand finances and corporate governance."

Evans said ASA considered it a "bonus" that Vermaak had a background in athletics.

"He has coached, he has been a commentator of the sport for almost 20 years and he has even managed teams internationally," Evans said.

"So his knowledge of the sport is tremendous."

Vermaak, 53, said he faced a stiff challenge in running the embattled federation which was still trying to find its feet.

"I need to focus on the administration of the office," Vermaak said.

"It is quite clear the sport needs finances and that is something I really need to get my teeth into."

Vermaak signed a five-year contract with ASA and the federation said he would take office on January 9.


  • J.D. - 2011-12-14 14:04

    name sounds right.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-12-14 14:15


  • Comrade - 2011-12-14 14:15

    AT LAST - AN APPOINTMENT ON "MERIT". Well done .. its a "MIRACLE"

  • Darkie - 2011-12-14 14:36

    Had they appointed a black person, whites were going to say "they have appointed an incompetent/unqualified ANC member", but when a white man is appointed, "his appointment is on merit". Never the less, congratulations to him.

      Flowingriver - 2011-12-14 14:56

      And these rash skinned, pink pigs always accuse us racialising$ebreaths!

      rossallenronnie - 2011-12-19 22:45

      Why can Patrice Motsepe do a good job with his companies but lenard chunene cant because he just wanted to enrich himself even Tokyo Sexwale and Cyril Ramaposa is doing good even Richard Maponya is doing good if you get appionted in a position do your job and stop being corrupt then the minority will stop to think only whites can run things right

  • Khotsi - 2011-12-14 15:02

    When a white man gets appointed into a senior position you see this kind of comments. Our country is going back to the hands of the previous oppressor and sport will remain the tool for this minority to control everything. We will never see sport development in rural areas with this kind of leadership. Athletics will remain the sport for the minority.

      rossallenronnie - 2011-12-19 22:51

      Khotsi it is political favours that make white people put such comments here if you get appionted by what whites are saying "his there because he is black" you should not go be corrupt you should go prove them wrong like i said in my comment above Patrice Motsepe; Tokyo Sexwale; Cyril Ramaposa; Richard Maponya all are black and prove whites wrong but look what Lenerd Chunene go and do he become corrupt and pay the price

  • Raymond - 2011-12-14 15:44

    I like Vermaak's statement "still trying to find it's feet", 36 000 feet will be running Comrades next year with 18 000 entries already taken. I don't know Vermaak but if he beat all the other candidates fairly and squarely without any political agendas he must have the qualifications to resurrect athletics to it's former glory. I remember in 1994 when Chuene & Sindani promised that if they didn't do the job properly they would resign immediately, ha, ha, ha! It has taken seventeen years - give Vermaak a chance!

  • Jill - 2011-12-14 16:21

    Having just looked at Vermaak's photo, what sort of example does he set our athletes — he's grossly overweight, and I doubt that he'd be able to jump over the lazy fox!

      Ignatius - 2011-12-14 20:41

      Agree with you! He looks fit for the job!

  • Zelda - 2011-12-15 09:26

    Frik is the best! Knowing him for 24 years now I know what he is capable of. to stand in this organization for so long, is really commendable. through all the ups and downs of racism and still giving it all - go Frik! you can do it!

  • Gerhard - 2011-12-15 09:52

    I know from Frik from RAU days, and he loves athletics , he will do great job!!! because he will be doing out love for the sport, not for money or politcts

  • thamifraser - 2012-05-11 19:04

    Why is Athletics South Africa so silent about the massive fraud and corruption allegations reported in the media recently about their newly appointed CEO Frik Vermaak???

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