Since 30 November 2013 a group of seven individuals have been calling themselves the ‘interim board’ of Athletics South Africa. They have been promising that they will obtain the endorsement and approval of the International Association of Athletics Federations and SASCOC.
The endorsement of the IAAF is crucial, since recognition by the relevant international controlling body as the only authority for the administration and control of the sport in the Republic is a requirement for recognition as a National Federation in terms of the National Sport and Recreation Act, 1998. Without such recognition, the organisation cannot be recognised by the government or SASCOC.
The wait is over. The so-called ‘interim board’ has failed to produce any letters confirming they have received the required approval, despite being given a deadline of 14:00 on 4 December 2013. And the reason why is now public: The Citizen newspaper has confirmed what was already known, ie that the IAAF does not recognise the so-called ‘interim board’.
Regardless of the many irregularities that occurred this past weekend, the failure to be recognised by athletics’ international body, SASCOC and the government puts an end to any coup d’état.
Accordingly, the ‘interim board’ has no status and authority in the sport of athletics. No individual, club or region which wishes to participate within the rules of athletics or South Africa sport can recognise them.
Vacancies now exist on the Board after several members either resigned or removed themselves from the Board. These will be filled by elections in due course.
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