Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
22 Feb 2014
6:00 am

Farce rumbles on as IAAF jet in

Wesley Botton

Athletics South Africa's (ASA) feuding administrators refused yesterday to attend meetings this weekend organised by the other faction.

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

While the ASA interim board forged ahead yesterday with preparations for its meeting with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), president James Evans attempted to garner support after another abrupt change to his plans.

Evans had initially complied with a request from an IAAF delegation, which arrives in the country today, to organise a general meeting open to all members.

On Thursday he insisted he would no longer meet with the international delegation, but yesterday he said the meeting, scheduled to be held tomorrow, was back on.

“I will be at the meeting this weekend, but the ASA one, not the ‘interim’ one,” Evans said.

While the global body’s representative, Cheikh Thiare, had requested for Evans to arrange a gathering with all stakeholders, he had also agreed to meet separately with the factions in advance, provided they felt it was necessary.

Interim board chairman Sello Mokoena said the ASA council had been invited to attend a meeting with the IAAF in Johannesburg today, where they would state their case after attempting to remove Evans and his executive at the annual general meeting in November.

Both sides claimed the IAAF delegation had confirmed its attendance at their respective meetings, and both insisted they would not attend a joint gathering.

“There is only one members’ meeting and that is at 2pm tomorrow at Sascoc House,” Mokoena said.

“We cannot comment on other meetings that have allegedly been organised by Evans.”