Athletics SA board dissolved

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Johannesburg – The board of Athletics SA (ASA) was dissolved at an annual general meeting (AGM) in Johannesburg on Saturday.

A seven-member interim board was appointed to run the sport for the next six months, after which another annual general meeting would be called and elections would be held.

The seven board members were Tebogo Masehla, Harold Adams, Aleck Skhosana, Jakes Jacobs, Daan du Toit, Steven Khanyile and Sello Mokoena.

Speaking on behalf of the interim board Mokoena said they had been given a mandate to sort out matters at the embattled federation.

"As it stands now Athletics South Africa under interim leadership, seven interim directors had been appointed today to run the affairs and try to normalise the situation," Mokoena said.

Mokoena said the process to remove the board started on Friday at a Special General Meeting in Johannesburg.

"It started with 11 provinces saying enough is enough and deciding to put a motion in place to deal with the problems at ASA," he said.

"Chief among them (the problems) was the non-progress and the difficulties of the board working together. The provinces decided the board needed to be held jointly-accountable for the situation ASA found itself in.

"The other provinces joined the 11, and the meeting was held last night."

Mokoena said it was a unanimous decision to sack the board and he reiterated that the AGM was held in accordance with the ASA and IAAF constitution.

"Right at the point of the proposing of the motion by Boland, the IAAF was informed, and the first step come Monday is to speak to important stakeholders among the IAAF, Sascoc (SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) and the Department of Sport," Mokoena said.

Neither ASA president James Evans nor vice-president Hendrick Ramaala were in attendance. They were appearing in a Johannesburg High Court to uphold Thursday's decision to suspend five members of the provincial boards.

"The five members ignored the dispute resolution mechanisms in the Constitutions of Athletics South Africa and Sascoc and (were) also in violation of the rules of the IAAF," Evans said in a statement on Saturday.  – Sapa

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