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Ray Mali expressed his satisfaction with progress made at Saturday’s first official meeting of the ad hoc committee presently charged with running athletics in South Africa.

Mali, a SASCOC board member, was put in charge of overseeing athletics after the suspension of Athletics South Africa (ASA) president Leonard Chuene and the board over their handling of the Caster Semenya gender saga.

The nine-member committee met at ASA headquarters in Houghton, Johannesburg.

“Things went very well,” said Mali. “I anticipated the meeting would only last an hour or so but there is lots to be done so it lasted twice as long. Friday’s informal meeting was also very productive.”

The good news for South Africa’s athletes is that the athletics programme for next year will go ahead with only minimal changes.

“We agreed that the scheduled meetings must go ahead on the agreed dates. We may have to change the odd meeting by a week or so but don’t anticipate much change.”

SASCOC’s project manager assisting Mali with administration, Kaya Majeke, along with James Evans (Western Province) and Alex Skhosana (KwaZulu-Natal) will work on the various athletics programmes.

“I’m also happy to say that the world governing body of track and field, the IAAF, are happy to recognise the legitimacy of the ad hoc committee,” said Mali.

“At first they thought the committee was a government body but it has since been explained to them that the athletes are in charge of running the athletics affairs. And they are also happy with my credentials to oversee things.

“The plan now is to have a bit of a break and our next meeting is scheduled for January 28. However, if an emergency arises then we will certainly schedule another meeting.”


10 comments
Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

In avery short and sweet statement I would like to state that Athletics has not been rescued. If it was we would not still be in the dark. Yellow Pages ususally launches their events calendar in January. At this stage we don't even know wheteher there is a Yellow Pages or not. All we've had to date is an indication that everything is "okay" and that there is a plan. Whose plan is it? Are we being dictated to again - Mugabe style....And they called Cheune a dictator - Hypocrasy I tell you. Some provinces have already released a calendar Mr. Frstarted -just check the Gauteng North/Central Gauteng Athletics websites for the calendar that was released by ASA at the council meeting earlier this year.

Frustrated
Frustrated

I can' t believe this is happening to us again. One would think that Leonard Chuene and compay is gone, but here we have a bunch of incompetent people fulfilling the role as of the interim board. The ASA Website cannot give any information as it was never updated. We don' t know when the competitions will be starting, therefore we as coaches cannot plan for the new year. To date, the athletics fraternity is not even aware if the sponsors are on board. No communication plan in place. This is frustrating. These people are so-called advocates who are at the forefront of things. One wounder why is the vocal Geraldine Pillay so silent all of a sudden? The Great OPPRESSION. I hear rumors that there will be three yellow page meets before the SA' s and they will only start in mid February. The rest (3)will be held after the SA champs. If this is correct, It is totally crazy. Coaches should have been consulted, provinces should also have been consulted and the ASA Council should have approved it. I would like to know if that process took was followed? Once again, no COMMUNICATION. Somebody should be held accountable and responsible..... But who???

irate coach
irate coach

As a school teacher and athletics coach I am very dissapointed with the support that we are receiving from asa as far as expanding our knowledge base and providing coaching courses for us. I live in kzn and have been asking for a year and a half for coaching courses to be held in this province. why is it that there is not an asa level 1 & 2 coaching course held every year. surely the best way to improve our chances at the top level is to improve our performances at the base. And the best way to do that is to provide motivated enthusiastic coaches with the knowledge and qualifications to better themselves and those that they coach. please can any one who knows of any coaching courses that are happening put it up so we can know as well. on the issue of the asa website the development calender is from 2007 and Willie Kruger under throws coaches regrettably passed away 6 years ago. thanks for listening hope it gets to the right ears

Dopper Kruger
Dopper Kruger

Hello, I need information on Meetings to be held during 2010. I wanted to attend the Commenwealth Games in New Dehli in October 2010.On their website is a message that tickets are available from 15 november 2009 until 15 January 2010 for the the first allocation. In 2006 a company FliAfrica was appointed for this duty/arrangements,but they inform that so far no information. Please assisted me in this. Thanks.

Road Runner
Road Runner

I agree with this "athlete" particularly on his last statement. The sponsors are back as I heard. I just hope he is a real athlete and not a politician! Yes, Ray Mali and company seems to be doing a good job, but they are suddenly silent. Those athletes on the board should be groomed, especially on what to say and what not to say to the media. They need to remember that as being part of the interim board, they need to move out of the "athletes commission" mode whereby they were "rebels". Both Ramaala and Pillay are exceptionally great names in athletics circles and if they use their energy correctly, sponsors will flock back into athletics. Have a blessed festive season. PS. looking forward to a wonderful 2010 track and field, cross country and road running season.

athlete
athlete

Thank you Oom Ray for the effort and hard work that you and your interim board are putting in. What a relief..... The IAAF gave a thumbs up for the Committee on the basis that it consist of sports people and not government interference. wow, that is great, I hope that the Julius and company read that part of the statement. What it means, is that if the committee was a government appointed, or malema appointed committee, then they (IAAF) would not have accepted the committee. In fact, SA could have been banned (look at what FIFA did to Pakistan if I am correct). To the interim board, I wish you have an enjoyable festive season and we are looking forward to good competitions starting in January. nb: the sponsors got lots of mileage/ tv coverage from Chuene's controversy. Pls calculate the value and strike a deal with then. That is some form of AMBUSH MARKETING. They need to pay ASA..... Regards

Junior
Junior

Hi i'm glad that there are athletes on the board, they will know what kind of information athletes would like to see on the ASA website, please make sure that your presence is to the advantage of athletes and athletics in this country

"Ray Mali"
"Ray Mali"

I agree with the Road Runner. The ASA website lacks character, is delayed in informing the public and seems to feed off other websites. I know for one that other websites give us results and information on the day that it happens but the ASA website gives us the information a few days later. Good luck to the ASA family

Road Runner
Road Runner

The ball is rolling...... I personally welcome this progress made by honourable Mr Mali and the interim board. We look forward to a fantastic track and field season. The ASA website needs to be more informative. As it stands, we athletics people get all the information from this website, etc. We would love to get information from the ASA website. I agree with the track man, athletes and their parents panic, so effective communication is crucial. Media releases, etc.

Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

This is good progress. A caution to the interim board - keep the athletes informed of the progress on the website and through all mediums possible to curb any rumors. The track season is upon us and people need to feel secure that the 2010 plan is in place. The current concern is that the information reaches us athletes on the ground that are affected the most last. We have no clue in some cases until the 11th hour. All the best to the new board and Ray Mali - let us go and collect our Commonwealth medals in 2010 and lead the way for the other sporting codes once again