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'ASA suspensions detrimental to SA athletics'

Sascoc head warns ASA's decision could create more tension between the IAAF and ASA.

Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy has warned that ASA's suspension of five provincial boards could create more volatility in South African athletics. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Tubby Reddy, CEO of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), has told Eyewitness News that Athletics South Africa (ASA)'s suspension of five provincial boards could lead to further turmoil between itself and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Yesterday, ASA suspended five of the country's athletics boards for violating the provisions of its constitution.

The suspended provincial boards are Boland, Central Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, South Western Districts and Western Province.

It's alleged the boards were planning to hold a meeting just one day before a scheduled ASA AGM and the IAAF's trip to South Africa.

The boards claimed the meeting was just a general one.

Reddy expressed his concern with ASA's move, saying he believes it could be to the detriment of athletics in South Africa.

He said more volatility in the sport could hamper, if not derail, the process and he warned that issues needed to be sorted out internally.

"The only people at this point in time that can try and resolve ASA's problems are its own membership."

ASA has scheduled a board meeting for tonight and the body's AGM is scheduled to take place tomorrow.