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ASA welcomes Sascoc decision

Athletics South Africa's interim board is elated their ban has been lifted by Sascoc.

Athletics South Africa's interim board is elated their ban has been lifted by Sascoc. Picture: Facebook.com.

JOHANNESBURG - Atheltics South Africa (ASA) interim board Chairman Sello Mokoena has told EWN Sport he didn't expect the meeting between the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) representative Cheikh Thiare to go ahead.

The parties were meant to meet last week to resolve ASA's suspension by the local Olympic governing body. Yesterday, Sascoc agreed to lift the embattled sports body's suspension but maintained their stance of refusing to recognise former ASA President James Evans, despite the IAAF publicly backing Evans throughout the dispute.

Sascoc says it will not wait for the IAAF to intervene and will only work with the interim board elected in November 2013.

Mokoena says there were no surprises when Thiare didn't arrive in South Africa.

"This is the third no-show from him. The plan going forward is to meet the president of the IAAF, because we need to present to him what the members of Athletics South Africa have decided. The IAAF cannot decide who should lead a national federation that is affiliated to them, because that is not their mandate."

Mokoena says the priority needs to remain on those competing on the track.

"We are about athletes. A federation is about its sports people. Administrators should be in the background, and our function should really be about support. We cannot allow anything that will hurt our operations nationally and internationally as far as athletes are concerned. We are elated with the developments in this regard."