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Athletics South Africa set to elect new president

Athletics South Africa is set to elect a new president and deputy president on Saturday in a hotly...

Atheletics South Africa offices in Houghton. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

Athletics South Africa is set to elect a new president and deputy president on Saturday in a hotly contested race characterised by mudslinging and jockeying.

An ASA council meeting will be held in Kempton Park.

The posts were left vacant after former president Leonard Chuene and his vice president Kakata Maponyane were banned from the sport by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.

Chuene was implicated in the Caster Semenya gender debacle in 2009.

ASA board Chairman James Evans said the new president must focus on changing the face of the sport.

"We have a got a big backlog in terms of development. We don't have sufficient coaches or diversity in coaches," he said.

He said there has been much tension within the federation ahead of the elections because a number of people would like the top position.

"Because there is so much instability, the people are not really putting forward athletics programmes. They are rather putting forward personal agendas and personal attacks on people," he said.