Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
3 May 2014
1:20 pm

Ramaala left at the start

Wesley Botton

Former Athletics SA (ASA) vice-president Hendrick Ramaala failed in a late bid yesterday to have his name added to the final list of nominees for the federation's new board.

Hendrick Ramaala (2nd men) during The Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on April 19, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

Ramaala’s nomination, submitted to Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) by the Sports Interchange Athletics Club, was rejected by the provincial body as he is currently registered as an athlete with a Gauteng North club.

The elite marathon runner, who was forced to step down with the rest of the previous ASA board in February, filed an urgent interdict at the High Court in Johannesburg to postpone the nominees announcement, but the application was struck from the roll.

Sam Mlangeni, a member of Sports Interchange and the ASA ad hoc committee, said the club still hoped to have Ramaala added to the list by settling the membership dispute with CGA.

“This is not over. We will keep fighting,” Mlangeni said.

Daan du Toit confirmed the committee would consider accepting Ramaala’s nomination if CGA changed its mind.

Former ASA president James Evans, previously locked in a severely damaging internal battle for control of the national body, received five nominations from the Foresters Running Club, which were all endorsed by Western Province Athletics.

Evans will run against former ASA interim board chairman Sello Mokoena, Harold Adams, Steve Mkasi and Aleck Skhosana for the president’s seat at the elections on May 24.

Meanwhile, Du Toit said ASA was still around R5 million in debt and South Africa was unlikely to send a team to the inaugural World Relay Championships in Bahamas later this month.

“The financial issue is going to be a major challenge for the new board,” Du Toit said.

“But one must have a positive, optimistic approach to the future and we do have that.”