The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) is the latest sports controlling body to have its important conference put on hold due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.
On Tuesday, Sascoc announced that it had postponed its general elections “until further notice”.
The elective conference was set for March 28, at the federation’s headquarters at Olympic House in Johannesburg.
Sascoc had amended its constitution to call early elections after two of its leaders – president Gideon Sam and vice president Hajera Kajee – reached the 70 age limit to occupy seats on the board.
As things stand, then vice president Barry Hendricks has been holding fort as the interim president of the embattled federation that was subjected to a ministerial inquiry two years ago to investigate allegations of mismanagement and financial irregularities.
However, the build up to the polls has not been short of drama, with presidential hopeful, Athletics SA (ASA) boss Aleck Skhosana already challenging his disqualification from the contest.
Apparently, one document relating to Skhosana’s endorsement as a member of good standing at ASA was not provided.
Last week Skhosana gave the Olympic governing body an ultimatum to reinstate him or face the consequences.
Also vying for the top seat at Sascoc are Hendricks, Body Building SA vice president Kaya Majeke, Swimming SA boss Alan Fritz and Winston Meyer from LifeSaving.
The candidates for the Sascoc leadership so far are:
President: Barry Hendricks (acting Sascoc president)‚ Alan Fritz (swimming)‚ Kaya Majeke (body building) and Winston Meyer (lifesaving)
First vice president: Kobus Marais (disabled sport)‚ Debbie Alexander (triathlon)‚ Lwandile Simelane (hockey)‚ Hendricks‚ Fritz‚ Meyer and Majeke.
Second vice-president: Meyer‚ Marais‚ Alexander‚ Majeke and Simelane.
Board members: Riad Davids (tennis)‚ Jean-Pierre Naude (Western Cape sports confederation)‚ Kim Pople (canoeing)‚ Moekie Grobbelaar (disabled sport), Linda Zwane (football)‚ David Maralack (athletics)‚ Sabelo Mthiyane (basketball)‚ Wendy Gila (roller sport)‚ Qondisa Ngwenya (gymnastics)‚ Nomsa Mahlangu (university sport)‚ Mashilo Matsetela (softball)‚ Meyer‚ Majeke and Simelane.