JOHANNESBURG, June 22 – Athletics South Africa concluded a successful one-day 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Johannesburg at the weekend with president Aleck Skhosana painting a bright picture about the future of the sport.
Attended by a full house of delegates from the 17 ASA provinces, including observers and a representative from Sascoc (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee), the theme of the AGM was ‘Towards New Innovations In Athletics’.
The report by Skhosana, covered the progress made to date and what the national federation hopes to achieve in this new four-year Olympic cycle.
Skhosana reported back on the good communication between provinces and the ASA head office. The ASA board, he said, has taken note that some members are still struggling to keep their offices afloat.
Skhosana said the issue of funding and sponsorship was a matter that ASA was dealing with in a holistic manner.
The national federation, he said, has approached specialist companies to act as agents who will look for the sponsorships for the different properties planned for the next few seasons.
The primary targets are the Track and Field Championships, Road Running Championships and Cross Country Championships, in an innovation which ASA hopes will assist a great deal in the Marketing and Sponsorship of every event ASA will organise.
Skhosana said highly-ranked and rated athletes in the IAAF and CAA lists would be selected for the CAA African Junior Championships in Algeria from June 29, IAAF World Youth Championships in Kenya from July 12 to 16 and the 16th IAAF World Championships in England on August 4 to 13.
“London is going to be a high profile event where Caster Semenya, Wayde van Niekerk, Akani Simbine, Luvo Manyonga, Sunette Viljoen and many other top performers will be there to fly the national flag high.”
Skhosana said ASA was in a good financial state.
“We have reached a position where our finances are beginning to look good since we took office and had to deal with a debt in the region of R27 000 000 which we have settled.
“Our stringent planning that we put in 2014 has paid positive results as we still manage to present the best of the best to all IAAF and CAA competitions.”
– African News Agency (ANA)