ASA problems rumble on

FINAL DECISION. Elite marathon runner Hendrick Ramaala, the former Athetics South Africa vice-president, hopes to be one of five people added to the final list of ASA board nominees. Picture: Getty Images.

Athletics South Africa’s (ASA) ad hoc committee hit its first major snag this week, with one of its members threatening to resign as the financially crippled organisation prepared to roll out its bail-out strategy.

Sam Mlangeni, one of the seven committee members, sent a letter to the federation’s office on Wednesday, which was copied to International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) representative Cheikh Thiare, demanding his club’s nomination of Hendrick Ramaala for the new ASA board be reconsidered.

Ramaala’s name, submitted by the Sports Interchange Club, was omitted from the final list of nominees for the president’s position at next month’s elections, apparently due to jurisdictional concerns blocking an endorsement from Central Gauteng Athletics.

“If I don’t get a positive response (by this weekend) I will have no choice but to consider my resignation letter,” said Mlangeni, a close friend of Ramaala, the former ASA vice-president.

Ramaala stepped down from his post in February, along with all individuals involved in a lengthy power struggle, after Thiare called for new elections and a fresh start.

The committee, meanwhile, confirmed at a meeting in Potchefstroom last week it would approach the National Lotteries Board for a R17 million injection to tackle ASA’s debt.

It also opted to approach the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) for assistance.

ASA remains uncertain of its total outstanding debt, but committee chairman Daan du Toit revealed recently the organisation was at least R5 million in the red.

The committee signed a broadcast rights deal with the SABC last month for an undisclosed amount.





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