Sithembiso Dindi
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15 Nov 2021
06:54

Athletics SA says disputes must be raised internally

Sithembiso Dindi

Athletics South Africa (ASA) president James Moloi has sent a stern warning to members of the federation who want to take athletics matters to courts instead of using internal structures.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) president James Moloi has sent a stern warning to members of the federation who want to take athletics matters to courts instead of using internal structures.

ASA’s five-month-old board held a Special General Meeting and Council at Kempton Park in Johannesburg over the weekend.

“Those who will bypass this chamber will bear the costs of their actions and ASA will in future not hesitate to suspend members who take matters to court.”
James Moloi, ASA president

Moloi told members during the meeting that ASA has now established a Dispute Resolution Chamber, which consists of five judges.

“We urge provinces, clubs, athletes and all others to make use of this forum and not to resort to taking athletics matters to court,” said Moloi, according to an ASA media statement.

“Those who will bypass this chamber will bear the costs of their actions and ASA will in future not hesitate to suspend members who take matters to court,” Moloi added.

It has become a norm that athletics squabbles are debated in South African courts.

In 2018, when ASA suspended the then KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA) board, the board, led by former president Sello Mokoena took the mother body to court.

Also acting on behalf of KZNA, Mokoena approached the Pietermaritzburg high court to block the opening of the Msunduzi Athletics Stadium in 2019.

In the meeting, ASA also reacted to the dismal failure of athletics at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games where they failed to even bring home a single medal.

“The national federation is now mapping a way forward to make it conducive for the athletes to prepare and produce better medal performance from the 2022 season,” said ASA in the statement.

The members were also informed that the Differences in Sexual Development (DSD) case against World Athletics, which affects athletes such as Caster Semenya, is still being pursued by ASA, as mandated by the national government.

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The matter is before the European Court of Human Rights and Justice after ASA’s appeal to the Swiss Federal Court was turned down.

Moloi also announced oversight responsibilities that have been allocated to Additional Board Members.

Esther Malema is responsible for oversight on the anti-doping committee, Ntathu Gwadiso is in charge of the technical committee, while Adelina Ranthimo is responsible for the development committee.

Noma Nonkonyane has control of the oversight on the women’s committee while USSA Athletics representative, Jazzman Mahlakgane, is the chairperson of coaching and is responsible for oversight on the commercial sub-committee.