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Mali to move in
- Updated: November 14, 2009
Former cricket administrator and SASCOC board member Ray Mali will Monday (Nov 16) present himself to the Athletics South Africa offices in Johannesburg as an interim administrator.
This was announced at a meeting in Cape Town Saturday as SASCOC, the national Olympic governing body, moved to try and speedily clear up matters surrounding ASA’s handling of the Caster Semenya affair.
Semenya won the 800 metre title at the World Track and Field championships in Berlin in August but then a furore broke out over her gender and how the revelations were dealt with.
Earlier this month SASCOC first suspended ASA chairman Leonard Chuene and ASA board members and then the entire athletics body over their handling of the saga.
A statement issued by SASCOC after the meeting read:
1 The meeting unanimously agreed that the suspension of the membershlp of ASA by SASCOC is lawful the Ministry of sport informed the meeting through the deputy minister that SASCOC is the lawful authority to authorise the aforesaid suspension
2 The due process to be followed by SASCOC is the following
A. The administrator, Mr Ray Mali will present himself at the offices of ASA on 16 November Monday at 11am to take over the administration of Athletics South Africa.
B. Thereafter Mr Mali will initiate steps to convene a meeting of all stakeholders in athletics to form an interim board to govern and regulate athletics in South Africa and,
C. A disciplinary process has been initiated by SASCOC to convene a disciplinary inquiry to be chaired by a practising senior counsel to conduct disciplinary action against those members of the suspended ASA board and employees, thereof, pursuant to the recommendations of the investigation’s report, such report being adopted by the SASCOC board on 4 November 2009 and ratified by the Ministry of Sport on 5 Nov 2009.
Speaking at the meeting president Gideon Sam said the body had ÔÇ£followed due process.ÔÇØ
ÔÇ£We have kept as low a profile as possible throughout. It is not in anyone’s interest to rough up a national federation in public. Action taken so far has been done on the advice of the Legal and Arbitration Commission.
ÔÇ£ASA responded to the suspension by informing SASCOC that we had no right to impose the suspension but we sought further legal counsel and we are certainly within our rights to do so.ÔÇØ
Sam said that it is up to athletes to govern their sport. ÔÇ£The view of SASCOC is that the athletes always come first┬áso Mr Mali will invite all the relevant stakeholders to elect an┬á interim board to run athletics.ÔÇØ
All national federations present at Saturday’s meeting supported SASCOC’s decision.
Also speaking on the matter was Deputy Minister of Sport Gert Oosthuizen. ÔÇ£In terms of the humiliation of Caster Semenya, the ministry has declared our support for SASCOC who have the powers to act. People must be held accountable,ÔÇØ said Oosthuizen.
SASCOC have also been in touch with the IAAF, world track and field’s governing body, about recognition for any interim body in order that South Africa’s athletes will be permitted to compete internationally.
The meeting was SASCOC’s final general meeting of the year and Sam is already looking ahead to next year.
ÔÇ£As we bid farewell to 2009 and turn our thoughts to 2010 I can foresee a few anxious moments as we welcome the world’s greatest spectacle in the form of the Soccer World Cup.
ÔÇ£No doubt a large chunk of the year will be given over to football but at SASCOC we’ll be working on our plans as well.
ÔÇ£ÔÇØWe are commited to sending quality teams to the major competitions like the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi as well as the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore.
ÔÇ£People still say I’m nuts about hoping for 12 medals at the 2012 Olympics in London but we are continuously working towards that goal. In fact we are already thinking further ahead and plan on focusing heavily on our juniors as we look to the Games in Rio Da Janeiro in 2016 and beyond.ÔÇØ
Also addressing the meeting was multiple Olympic silver medallist Frankie Fredericks who chairs the International Olympic Committe’s Athletes’ Commission.
ÔÇ£Athletes today play a big role in Olympic matters. They need to to be heard and know that they have their rights etc. But they also need to do this in a commited and responsible manner.ÔÇØ
Mr. Mtwa should also stop bragging about University Sport because they do nothing for these athletes he is reporting on
Listen Road bird or whatever you call yourself - the fact of the matter is that this Mr. Mtwa is a leader of a reputable organisation that looks after the interests of the athletes and the institutions that are affiliated to them. But it seems that he is part of a system that refuses to allow his people to express themselves like he does on a public forum. Don't you find it weird that he seems to be going with the flow as they say or did he feel this way all along??? And further more Mr. Road Rage you have no idea what power the organisation of Mr. Mtwa holds. They represent all Universities in SA on a World stage so to step up and distance themselves from one of their own indicates that there are problems with the two parties. Maybe the USSA Athletics guys are rebels - if so then Mr. Mtwa and his organisation should deal with them like the ASA leadership have been dealt with! And stop disagreeing in public like that. It's bad for the sport. Suspend these USSA Athletics as well and charge them if they are doing their own thing. But I still have my doubts that these guys were wrong because they asked for the same things that are happening now- read their statement if you get the time to.
Oh my word...... what an interesting revelation. The guy looks just like Chuene. Are they twins or what. No wait, Mali is Chuene, why has Chuene gone silent all of a sudden. We don' t know him to be silent. Molatelo on the other hand only listen to Chuene. There is no "Ray Mali". Track Man, why are you so hard on Mr Dumisani....He is "representing" his organization.
Dear Dumisani You confuse me.... You are part of USSA NEC that sent a media statement that you distance yourself from USSA Athletics call for the President and board to resign. Now you are celebrating the move by SASCOC... Haaibo...I'm confused!
SASCOC Now is the time that we give the new adminstration all the suppport to the ASA interm co. The 12 medal is a reality and we can achieve more than that. Just recently University Sport South Africa brought a total of 9 medals and they broke a couple of national records, there are alos the 2011 World Student Games that are coming up where they can get more medals if all come to the party. 60% of these athletes are Olympics matarial likes of Sunette Viljoen and others and its important that SACOC use such games to build up to the 12 medal dream the Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympics are also an improtant platform where we get the opportunity to compete against the best, there needs to be a stand alone forum where all stakeholders of SASCOC wouild sit down and outline the plan to 2010, with these mentioned above games noted down and a medal mark attached to it, i know that would put pressure on athletes but am quite sure that time for parties are over we want medals nothing more. KInd REgrads