Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
16 Dec 2013
3:00 pm

ASA president Evans hangs on

Wesley Botton

Embattled Athletics SA (ASA) president James Evans continued to show defiance yesterday after the federation's interim committee placed a temporary ban on his involvement in the sport.

James Evans, Chairman of the ASA Board. Picture ©Chris Ricco/Backpagepix

Evans who is still recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as the head of the organisation, was suspended by the ad hoc committee last week as the internal battle for power raged between the organisation’s administrators.

“The ASA interim board has placed Mr James Evans, former president of ASA, in his capacity as a member, on suspension with immediate effect pending a disciplinary hearing against him,” committee chairman Sello Mokoena said in an email circulated to members.

Evans, who fought his impeachment in court earlier this year, confirmed he had received notice of the hearing but had not yet responded to the committee.

He said he had been in contact with IAAF deputy secretary-general Nick Davies, who confirmed earlier this month that the global body did not recognise the seven-member interim committee because it did not receive approval from the global body in advance.

“The IAAF constitution is clear that they cannot ever approve this so-called interim committee,” Evans insisted yesterday.

Committee chairman Mokoena admitted last week they were not recognised by the IAAF, but they were nonetheless confident of receiving approval after representatives of ASA provinces passed a motion of no confidence in Evans’ board at the annual general meeting.

Mokoena said they would approach stakeholders, including government, with a rescue package for the financially crippled organisation, as they tackled operational issues at the federation’s office in Houghton while awaiting a response from the global body.

“If those individuals understood the sport they would know that they would not be approved and stop misleading everyone,” Evans said.

Mokoena, who is also the committee spokesman, was unavailable for comment.