Athletics South Africa’s interim board and administration headed by SASCOC board member Ray Mali, will continue in their posts until all matters relating to the national federation’s suspended former board and management persons have been sorted out.
The decision for the current leadership to continue beyond the anticipated six-month period, was approved by the 17 provinces and six associate members, at the ASA council meeting held in Benoni, near Johannesburg┬á and has the blessing of world controlling body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and local sports controlling body, the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).
Former ASA chairman Leonard Chuene and board members were suspended late last year after ASA’s handling of matters surrounding 2009 world 800m champion Caster Semenya’s gender testing.
ÔÇ£During my trip with the SA team to the IAAF World Indoor Championships held in Doha, Qatar two weeks ago, I met with IAAF officials who indicated their concern that the interim board and interim administration would step down after the six-month period before all forms of business were completed,ÔÇØ said Mali.
ÔÇ£Based on this, the proposal was put to the ASA council that the interim board and administration continue until the process has run its course, and this was favourably received by our athletics members today. As a result, the ASA AGM including elections, scheduled for May 15, has been postponed.ÔÇØ
The provincial representatives who attended the ASA council meeting, also left for home with recommendations regarding amendments to the ASA constitution.
Also at the meeting┬á Terrence Magogodela has been appointed as finance manager on a fulltime basis, following a recent interview process.