SASCOC board member Ray Mali on Monday took over the immediate running of Athletics South Africa at their Houghton, Johannesburg offices.
This after South Africa’s Olympic governing body had earlier this month suspended Athletics South Africa after their handling of the Caster Semenya saga.
ASA president Leonard Chuene was not at the association’s offices when Mali arrived Monday morning to take over the administration but Mali said he would meet with Chuene as soon as possible.
“Athletics is a member of the sports fraternity and has always been a member of SASCOC.
“I met with ASA general manager (Molatelo Malehopo) and we resolved all that we felt needed to be resolved and he was able to move out gracefully.”
Malehopo then left the premises but returned with legal representation in the afternoon and had to be escorted from the premises. The locks at the premises were later changed.
SASCOC Chief Executive Officer Tubby Reddy outlined the way forward. “On Saturday we will have a special ASA meeting in Johannesburg which will be attended by the regions of ASA.
“At this meeting an interim board will┬á be formed to handle ASA’s affairs. The suspended board members of ASA will not be permitted to attend.”
Mali also said that it was hard to put a time frame on the situation. “It would be foolish say we can just handle this matter in the space of a week or so. We need to follow all the procedures and listen to what the athletes have to say.”