Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
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10 Apr 2014
7:00 am

Two-year tenure for new athletics body

Wesley Botton

The new Athletics SA (ASA) board to be appointed next month will stand for two years, the federation has confirmed.

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

The ASA ad hoc committee called for nominations yesterday, meeting the first of its deadlines set last month by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

“Due notice is hereby given of a special general meeting of all members of ASA on May 24 solely for the purpose of electing a new ASA executive board,” the committee said in a letter to members.

Nominations for the 10 available posts would need to be submitted by April 24, the federation’s interim leadership confirmed, in line with the road map laid out with IAAF representative Cheikh Thiare.

“A new ASA board will be elected for a period of two years until 2016,” the committee said.

“Members of ASA, being provincial and associate members, may nominate candidates. No individuals may nominate candidates.”

While former president James Evans and his ousted board would be eligible for nomination, they would not have voting rights, and no member of the current seven-member interim leadership could stand on the new executive.

With various ASA members claiming foul play at two special general meetings last year, the committee urged provinces to stick to the constitution in compiling their mandates.

“Members must ensure that a democratic process is followed within their constituencies and the praesidium of said member will have to certify as such on nomination forms.

“Candidates’ credentials will be confirmed with the nominee’s host province to establish that they are in good standing with the host province.”

Thiare convinced Evans and his depleted board to step down last month, along with the federation’s former interim committee, after he met with both sides.

Thiare found the long-running power battle had brought the national athletics body to a standstill and recommended that elections be held for a new executive.