Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
22 May 2014
7:30 am

Evans faces life in the sporting wilderness

Wesley Botton

James Evans, is fighting to be heard by his province after the Western Province Athletics (WPA) council agreed not to support the former Athletics SA (ASA) president at upcoming elections for the national executive.

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

The WPA council met on Tuesday night to vote on its preferred WPA candidates for ASA elections on June 7, and deferred remaining portfolios with no WPA members to the board, according to a provincial executive member who would not be named.

Evans was nominated for five posts by the Foresters Running Club last month, and all five submissions were accepted by the ASA ad hoc committee.

The WPA council, however, voted unanimously (Evans apparently received two votes for each portfolio) not to support him for the president’s and vice-president’s positions.

For the other three posts in which Evans was nominated, the WPA members opted to support Jakes Jacobs (road running chair), Cedric van Wyk (track and field chair) and Allen Barnes (ordinary member).

The province also chose to back Andy James as head of the cross country commission.

“After this James will struggle to get other provinces to support him,” said the board member.

Evans, however, said the constitutionality of the meeting had been challenged in advance.

“The results of the meeting are subject to arbitration with the Western Province Sports Council,” he said.

Evans claimed WPA board members were delaying the process, and he was confident the provincial council would meet again before ASA elections.

But according to the WPA executive, Evans had “no locus standi (right to bring an action)” as he was not a delegate of the council after stepping down as ASA president in February.

He said 40 clubs had attended Tuesday’s meeting and 37 were eligible to vote, of which six abstained.