Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
4 Dec 2013
6:00 am

New twist in ASA saga

Wesley Botton

Embattled Athletics South Africa (ASA) president James Evans was thrown a lifeline yesterday, with global athletics body the IAAF confirming it did not recognise the national federation's interim committee.

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

The seven-member committee was appointed by representatives of 15 ASA provinces on Saturday after they ousted the board, but the IAAF stood firm yesterday in its support of Evans and his executive.

“The IAAF does not recognise any other authority in South Africa other than that which has been already elected in accordance with IAAF rules with James Evans as its president,” said IAAF spokesman Nick Davies.

According to clause 4.2 of the IAAF constitution, if a conflict brings the activities of a member to a stand-still, “an ad hoc committee may be set up for a defined period … provided always that such an ad hoc committee has been approved by the IAAF in advance”.

Committee spokesman Sello Mokoena confirmed at the weekend they had not received approval from the global body, but said they had informed them of their intentions in advance, and he remained confident they would be recognised.

Three members of the committee arrived at the ASA office on Monday and immediately started tackling operational issues, though Evans maintained the board had been removed unconstitutionally and he was still the president of the organisation.

“We are not surprised at the IAAF’s attitude,” Evans said. “We have said all along that they cannot and won’t support coups.”

Mokoena confirmed the committee had sent letters to the IAAF, Sascoc and Sport and Recreation South African (SRSA), updating stakeholders on the temporary takeover of the board.

“We are awaiting responses from them,” he said. “We don’t think there was any other way to go about this matter. The council voted for these people and it was an internal democratic solution.

“Replacing the board is a process, not an action, and we do not foresee any problems in this regard.”