Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
6 Jan 2014
7:00 am

ASA talks tough

Wesley Botton

Athletics South Africa's interim committee will not comply with arbitration proceedings in its dispute with embattled ASA president James Evans, according to chairman Sello Mokoena.

Evans was suspended by the committee last month after he refused to accept the removal of his depleted board at the ASA annual general meeting in November, where the seven-member committee was appointed.

“Evans may not seek arbitration against ASA, or any member, until his hearing has taken place or his suspension has been lifted,” Mokoena said yesterday.

He said the committee would meet next week to finalise the process of Evans’ hearing.

Evans confirmed yesterday he had filed an application to the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa in an effort to settle the dispute.

In the application, Evans pointed to the ASA constitution, which states that all disputes must be referred to arbitration within 90 days of the disputed decision, provided all available internal avenues for resolution have been exhausted.

He claimed ASA members had not followed provisions in the constitution or the Companies Act in the removal of the board, which had been crippled by in-fighting.

No notice had been given of the resolutions taken at the AGM, which were not validly placed on the agenda, while the transcript of the meeting indicated that no vote was taken.

“Due to the fact that ASA has numerous pressing international and financial matters to be resolved, it is crucial that this dispute is resolved as soon as possible,” Evans wrote in the application.

The committee has not been recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations, but Mokoena remained confident they would receive approval once the global body had studied around 200 pages of supporting documents.

Cheikh Thiare, the director of the executive office of the IAAF president, is expected to arrive in the country later this month to meet with ASA and the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee in an attempt to resolve the long-running conflict.