Bills piling up for ASA interim board

ATHLETICS South Africa's finances are getting worse by the day, with one service provider after another sending invoices to the interim board to demand their money.

ATHLETICS South Africa's finances are getting worse by the day, with one service provider after another sending invoices to the interim board to demand their money.

Sowetan has learnt that service providers Accelerate Sport are allegedly owed more than R21million by ASA. The company that is owned by South African sports administrators has submitted an invoice for R9million in unpaid sponsorship commissions.

The directors of the company are Soccer City venue manager Songezo Nayo, Riaan Oberholzer and Gary Graf.

The ASA interim leaders, headed by veteran administrator Ray Mali, are going through all the invoices submitted by the service providers.

Graf told Sowetan yesterday that they were owed money by ASA, and that negotiations with Mali were at an advanced stage.

"Ray Mali wants us to meet the ASA interim board to go through everything. The figure that you mentioned is not off the mark. ASA used to pay us but decided to stop," he said.

"We negotiated sponsorship for ASA from 2004 when they had absolutely nothing. We handled the Nedbank, Yellow Pages, Adidas, SABC Sport and Southern Sun sponsorship deals for ASA - they were getting well over R2million a year."

An impeccable source said: "The banking account of ASA operates on a minus (balance).

"That is why certain people outside athletics want to disband ASA and start a new federation.

"Certain people are being lobbied to support the idea and have been promised positions. The sooner Sascoc (the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) completes the allegations against the suspended ASA board, the better."

Sowetan has also learnt that the Department of Sport and Recreation will come to ASA's rescue with a R17million grant, the bulk of which will go to athletes' development.

Meanwhile, several athletes and administrators are trying to influence Cape Town attorney James Evans to withdraw his resignation from the ASA interim board.

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