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Athletics SA's interim leaders must go - Ramaala

By Ramatsiyi Moholoa | Jun 28, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ATHLETICS South Africa's interim leadership must go.

ATHLETICS South Africa's interim leadership must go.

The call has been made by respected runner Hendrick Ramaala, who is accusing ASA's interim leaders of stalling development of the sport.

"We are gatvol with the interim leadership of the ASA. They must go, and the sooner they do so the better. They have overstayed their welcome. We cannot keep quiet anymore. Our sport is dying," fumed Ramaala yesterday.

"We need a special annual general meeting as a matter of urgency, where we will decide on a date for the elections.

"The ASA interim leadership wants to merge Athletics Transkei, Eastern Province and Border to silence the outspoken administrators in those regions.

"We are also unhappy that the ASA wants to change the constitution without consulting all the stakeholders. Athletes made it clear we won't recognise any of their changes."

This comes after the ASA surprisingly decided to change its special general council meeting on Saturday to an "information session".

For the proposed amendment of the constitution, the ASA board will comprise all 17 provincial presidents. Currently, board members are elected by the provinces.

A source said: "The ASA interim leadership realised the provinces were going to revolt against their plan to amend the constitution, hence Saturday's meeting was turned into an 'information session'."

KwaZulu-Natal Athletics had made it clear they were going to stage a walk-out if the motion to amend the constitution were tabled on Saturday.

"There was going to be a split at ASA if the constitution was amended. Athletics Limpopo was also going to leave," said another source.

ASA administrator Ray Mali could not be reached for comment.

l Northern Cape Sports Council has taken over the running of Athletics Griqualand West in a move believed to be aimed at sidelining top administrator Lorretta Marthinus.

Sports council president Sarel Moses yesterday confirmed that his provincial body has taken over AGW's administration.


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