wesley botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
30 Nov 2013
10:00 am

Athletics crisis: ‘Stop in-fighting and run together’

wesley botton

Former Athletics South Africa (ASA) board member Andre Gobey said yesterday the federation would not recover from its recent troubles until the individuals involved learn to work together.

FILE PICTURE: James Evans (President of Athletics South Africa). Photo by Ashley Vlotman / Gallo Images

Gobey, who resigned from the executive this week with former elite athlete Blanche Moila, said he had grown tired of the conflict, as the situation worsened ahead of today’s annual general meeting.

“There’s obviously a fight for control and I don’t think there’s an answer by fighting or taking sides,” Gobey said. “It’s not about who is right or wrong, it’s about working together but there seems to be no common ground.”

Gobey had apologised to protesting athletes earlier this month for the state of the sport, which was collapsing further into chaos.

Some provinces were threatening a vote of no confidence against the executive at a proposed special general meeting last night, called by Boland Athletics, while the depleted board was expected to gather for only the second time this year in a potential watershed weekend for the sport.

Five provincial boards were suspended on Thursday, though they were reportedly seeking legal action yesterday to overturn the decision as the in-fighting intensified.

“The athletes don’t care about these things anymore and everyone wants to see an end to this,” Gobey said. He believed the split in the board, with six of the 11 members taking a stance against ASA president James Evans and vice-president Hendrick Ramaala, had caused damage throughout the provinces and regions.

Gobey said he would continue to contribute to the sport through his involvement at Athletics Gauteng North. “Blanche and I have tried for some time to get the guys to work together, but they don’t want to do that,” he said.