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IAAF breathes new life into ASA

An IAAF official is in South Africa to try and resolve issues plaguing the ASA.

An IAAF official is in South Africa to try and resolve issues plaguing the ASA. Picture: IAAF.org

JOHANNESBURG - The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)'s Cheikh Thiare has assured Atheltics South Africa (ASA) that even though it is not based in the country, it will maintain a hands on approach in dealing with the embattled sports body.

Thiare is in the country to try and resolve issues crippling the ASA like infighting, leadership battles and financial mismanagement and poor leadership between two different factions which are both trying to hold onto power.

Thiare said, "Those who are the most popular and not necessarily the most capable or the most experienced, we want everybody on board. We have requested all parties concerned to drop all court cases and all suspensions be dropped."

ADHOC COMMITTEE TO RUN ASA

After a lengthy meeting in Pretoria on Sunday, it was announced that an adhoc committee will run ASA for the next three months.

Thiare has emphasised the point that the ASA is one big family and that this is not how families act.

The group, which will consist of between five and seven people, will be given a three month window to rescue the sinking ASA ship and set up new elections.

The IAAF is expected to name the committee members later today and it has been confirmed that whoever serves cannot stand in future elections.

The interim body, along with 15 of the 17 provinces that make up the ASA, met with Thiare to plot a way forward for the organisation.

Sello Mokoena, a member of the interim ASA Board, speaking after the meeting at the SA Confederation and Olympic House, said, "The IAAF may yet find that there is no stalemate in athletics in South Africa. They first have to make that decision after listening to all parties."

Thiare gave the committee it's final agenda.

"This adhoc committee will be assigned with certain tasks which will have to be stated in a road map which we will all have to agree to and sign. The lifespan will be limited to three months."

Thiare added that the IAAF will keep a close eye on proceedings in the near future.

"The election process is to be under the supervision of the IAAF. The IAAF will be there to see whether notices were sent and that people who are supposed to receive them have received them."

JAMES EVANS

Last November, former ASA president James Evans and his entire board were voted out during an annual general meeting after a motion of no confidence was tabled and unanimously agreed upon by the 17 regions that make up the sport in South Africa.

At the end of the meeting, an interim board was formed which Evans claimed was totally against the ASA constitution.

Since then, the interim board and those opposing it have been fighting for full control of ASA.