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SASCOC board member Ray Mali on Saturday announced a nine-strong interim body to run South African athletics.

This was the veteran cricket administrator’s first action since moving into Athletics South Africa headquarters on Monday, following the suspension of ASA president Leonard Chuene and the board earlier this month over their handling of the Caster Semenya gender saga.

Provincial representatives from around the country met for approximately two hours at Olympic House, Johannesburg, headquarters of South Africa’s Olympic governing body.

The North West Province sent two delegations and Mali explained that they played no active part in Saturday’s proceedings. “Because there were two parties involved, we elected to give them observer status on this occasion. When they have a single representative they can play a further part.

The nine people now entrusted in getting track and field back on its feet are:  Hendrick Ramaala, James Evans, Blanche Moila, Geraldine Pillay, James Mokoka, Daan Louw, James Moloi, Pieter Lourens and Alex Skosana.

Olympian Ramaala is still an active athlete, having recently placed in the top 10 at the New York Marathon, Moila is still competitive on the local road running circuit. Pillay, a Commonwealth Games medallist, has been an outspoken critic of the former ASA administration.

Mali said he had been heartened by the enthusiasm shown. “It was a very positive and constructive meeting. All present realised the need for change and wanted to be part of that change.

“They are sure South African athletics can still have a bright future and all want to be part of it.”

Mali explained the next steps in the process.

“We have agreed on a two-day meeting at Athletics South Africa headquarters on November 27-28 where we will decide on the next course of action.

“It’s hard to know how long it will take to sort out the problems with athletics but after today’s meeting I’m very upbeat and don’t anticipate any undue hassles.”


10 comments
Rabbit
Rabbit

Blanche Moila is a real lady and not a Chuene anything - that she served previously was because she did not wish to abandon the athletes. Alex S defunately is ans was a Chuene man, but he'll blow with the wind to suit his ambitions. Daan Louw is a token white/afrikaner with NO track record of standing up for the athletes. Indeed I doubt he knows who the athletes are in his own province. He is however a gentleman and grandfather type figure who will certainly do no one any harm. Pillay and Ramaala should be great for the sport. Mokoka and Moloi are also Chuene apologists. For the rest - well opportunists or a breath of fresh air? only time will tell.

Shelly
Shelly

Please stop this nitty bitty rubbish and give these people a break and give them a chance to prove themselves - our children and athletes all the help they can get! I welcome them with open arm and if they can improve the situation that SA Athletics is in now well them why not. Good luck New Board!! Parent of top Junior Athlete!

Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

Well said Mark. And let me commend you on the great work you and your organisation have done in creating the platform for people to express themselves. The content of your articles are always factual and provide the opportunity for people to debate issues. Well done Mark. Dumisani - if people criticise it's left to you to decide what to take seriously and what to ignore as pettiness. You and the so called Ray Mali are also providing the public with some thought-provoking angles. South Africa is talking - that's democracy! However, the editor has the right to step in when are losing the plot. We don't have to agree with every comment made but we should try and respect it

Mark Etheridge
Mark Etheridge

The Road to London, 2012 website welcomes constructive criticism and comment from all role players in the sporting arena but obviously wants to stay above petty and personal criticism. Healthy debate and transparency is crucial as we edge closer to London, 2012

Dumisani Mtwa
Dumisani Mtwa

Mr Editor. Thank you for claring the Rayi Mali issue and if i acted in a manner that was rude i apologise, but do not see the reason for my cooments to be taken off because that compromise the debate and indivual voices are not heared. Thank you.

Mark Etheridge
Mark Etheridge

Please be advised that the comments from Ray Mali are written under a pseudonym and are NOT the same Ray Mali that is overseeing the running of ASA's interim affairs. Managing Editor

Mtungwa
Mtungwa

People - It is high time to move foward and stop this nit-picking. I am confident that the people have been freed from the oppressive operations within athletics and they are now free to openly debate and challege one another on prinsipul. Therefor if anyone is power hungry and does not deliver, they will be called to order - whetha it is Skhosana, Lourens, Pillay, Evans, Mokoka, Moila, or whoeva they will be called to account. The sport has shown that they are not afraid to pick up the pieces and move on with or without those who have their own appetites to serve! The provinces has stood up against what they say was not representative of what they were in favour of - this is a clear sign that democracy is in motion and will continue as long as people continue to exercise their rights responsibly. Time to move on!

Wilma Booysen
Wilma Booysen

I'm from the Boland Province, and I know for a fact that Pieter Lourens and the rest of the Boland Board are not doing it for the sports/athletes. It's been a well-thought out move on their side. Harold Adams, Pieter Lourens, Wilfred Daniels and Godfrey Hammers, all previous ASA board members, are all from the Boland Province (makes one think, doesn't it)... Just give them time, you'll see what I mean.

Ray Mali
Ray Mali

Sorry, you have missed this one completely. Blanche Moila is not a top Athlete! She didn' t attend our meetings. She is an administrator and full supporter of Leonard Chuene. She is an administrator from KZN, Alex Skosana (another Leonard Chuene supporter) is also from KZN. Why two people from the same province???? Ray Mali should not have allowed this to happen. The athletes are complaining about the fact that the board should be 50/50. I saw Hezekial Sepeng on TV complaining. Sorry Sepeng, what experience do you have buddy? Geraldine? Ramaala? Between the three, Geraldine atleast commentates from time to time. The manner in which the athletes behaved after the meeting was totally unacceptable and demonstrated their lack of experience. I am not against the fact that Athletes need to serve on the board. In fact, ASA always allowed athletes to serve on the Board, Hendrik Mokganyetsi (who turned his back on athletes) was the athletes rep on the board. Adam Motlagale (came to the meeting to support Leonard Chuene, but was kicked out) a former national athlete was representing athletes and failed dismally. He also turned his back on the athletes. My suggestion to the athletes forum is to assist athletes in getting groomed at grass root level. Sepeng should be happy that he is now the Interim Deputy President in his province. My friend, you can' t expect to be an ASA Board member after two days as provincial board member. Get experience and prove yourself. Do grass root work, i.e Development and Transformation. Give yourself four years and then lets talk again. The new board, remember what happened to Chuene!!!!!!! Don' t be arrogant, don' t sit in VIP Areas at competitions while we are running in the hot sun, do your jobs or vacate your positions, understand athletes. Apartheid Government, Mbeki, Maroga, Chuene, Malehopo,etc......... (if Malema is not carefull, we will deal with him). Deliver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!