Monday 2 December 2013 20:03
The newly appointed Athletics South Africa (ASA) interim board has not wasted time to tackle issues hampering this troubled organisation.
The seven member committee was appointed this past weekend following the dissolution of the previous board led by James Evans.
Following a mandate from the 16 ASA regions to normalise the situation in the organisation, the new interim board has not let grass grow under its feet.
The first step was to meet the staff and familiarise themselves with operational issues. The ASA interim board member, Sello Mokoena, says resolving their differences with key stakeholders such as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and regaining support for their programmes are key.
"The main issues have been stakeholders, normalisation of stakeholder relations, IAAF informing them, the Minister of Sport informing them as well as well as Sascoc. You will remember that ASA is still under suspension from Sascoc, so we would like to normalise that situation, meaning that we would like to unsuspend. And then, we can deal with issues of support in terms of domestic and international programmes, and we need Sascoc as a partner to do that."
The cash-strapped organisation also had its bank account attached by law firm Dev Maharaj and associates. They are demanding R1.5 million in unpaid legal fees. The attorneys have since dropped the case. Mokoena says staff members don't have to worry about salaries and year-end bonuses anymore.
Mokoena also urged the athletes to focus on running and not worry about boardroom politics. The interim board has resolved to ignore Evan's statements on the legality of their appointment. They have also revealed that a chairperson will be named later this week.