Ray Mali expressed his satisfaction with progress made at Saturday’s first official meeting of the ad hoc committee presently charged with running athletics in South Africa.
Mali, a SASCOC board member, was put in charge of overseeing athletics after the suspension of Athletics South Africa (ASA) president Leonard Chuene and the board over their handling of the Caster Semenya gender saga.
The nine-member committee met at ASA headquarters in Houghton, Johannesburg.
“Things went very well,” said Mali. “I anticipated the meeting would only last an hour or so but there is lots to be done so it lasted twice as long. Friday’s informal meeting was also very productive.”
The good news for South Africa’s athletes is that the athletics programme for next year will go ahead with only minimal changes.
“We agreed that the scheduled meetings must go ahead on the agreed dates. We may have to change the odd meeting by a week or so but don’t anticipate much change.”
SASCOC’s project manager assisting Mali with administration, Kaya Majeke, along with James Evans (Western Province) and Alex Skhosana (KwaZulu-Natal) will work on the various athletics programmes.
“I’m also happy to say that the world governing body of track and field, the IAAF, are happy to recognise the legitimacy of the ad hoc committee,” said Mali.
“At first they thought the committee was a government body but it has since been explained to them that the athletes are in charge of running the athletics affairs. And they are also happy with my credentials to oversee things.
“The plan now is to have a bit of a break and our next meeting is scheduled for January 28. However, if an emergency arises then we will certainly schedule another meeting.”