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ASA holds elections
- Updated: September 16, 2010
The next step in Athletics South Africa’s recovery process will be taken in Kempton Park on Saturday. That’s when elections are held as members of ASA elect eight new board members.
Suspended by South Africa’s Olympic governing body SASCOC in November last year after its handling of the Caster Semenya gender affair, the track and field body was then overseen by board member Ray Mali and a nine-member interim board.
Gideon Sam, president of SASCOC told media this week that he’s quite nervous about the election.
ÔÇ£As far as I’m concerned, it’s an opportunity for ASA to start with a clean slate. If the wrong people are voted in this time, ASA will have to deal with the consequences on its own,ÔÇØ said Sam.
The 17 provinces around the country have nominated 62 candidates for the various positions. The positions are cross-country chairperson, road-running chairperson, track and field chairperson, athletes’ representative and additional members.
Geraldine Pillay, one of the three nominees for the position of athletes’ representative, told Beeld newspaper on Thursday that one of the important goals of the new ASA board has to be to win back the confidence of athletes, coaches and sponsors.
ÔÇ£After everything that has happened in South African elections over the last few years, nobody can be blamed for not having confidence in ASA. With good sponsors it will be possible to lure international athletes to participate in South Africa again. We showed with the Soccer World Cup that South Africa has the infra-structure to host major international sporting events.
ÔÇ£There is no reason that South Africa cannot host an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Grand Prix meeting like Senegal and Algeria do. In fact, it’s high time that Africa hosts a Diamond League meeting. Why not South Africa? For me it’s also important that we make sure our coaches get the opportunity to attend international courses.
Jean Verster, nominated as an additional member, views the election as the ideal opportunity to elect people that are passionate about athletics and are not out to use the sport for personal gain. ÔÇ£Whoever is elected must realise that everything is about transparency and accountability. The board will also have to review ASA posts and ensure that there are proper job descriptions. The positions should also be advertised well to ensure good applicants. We can’t ever have a situation in ASA again where friends or family members create jobs for one another.ÔÇØ
It's rather interesting that after Geraldine made some profound statements there was an attempt to smear her. That attempt has failed dismally and her perportrators have only succeeded in getting the fingers pointed in the right direction. Lets see the team Doctor remain silent once again. He has got some explaining to do. Geraldine should sue everyone that had something to do with this scandal. From what I've read she has a strong case. ASA is moving forward - people should stop trying to derail positive progress with their political ambitions and the race to hold on to jobs that don't belong to them in the ofice of the CEO.