Lutterodt and others call for GAA interim committee

By Edna A. Quansah, GNA

Accra, April
17, GNA
– Mr. George
Haldane-Lutterodt aspiring president of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA)
and Mr. Princeworth Anane and 15 others are calling for an interim committee to
manage the Association, till outstanding issues are resolved.

Lutterodt,
Anane and others sought for an injunction to be placed on the GAA’s elective
congress fixed for November, last year citing abnormalities in the electoral
process.

A press release
signed by Messrs. Lutterodt and Anane and copied to the GNA Sports said, the
plaintiffs were unhappy about fixing Tamale, as the venue of Congress among
other matters.

According to
them, the decision by the current administration to hold congress in Tamale,
was pushed in the throat of some delegates who were coerced with promises and
benefits adding that, the regional delegates congresses for election of
executive officers in the regions to attend delegate congresses were not properly
conducted, having confirmed from the National Sports Authority and the
Electoral Commission of Ghana who supervises and conducts of elections.

On their part,
the current leadership of the GAA do not have the development of the sport at
heart and were also not ready to step down for anyone to take over hence they
request the court to rule for the formation of an independent body appointed by
the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) to moderate major concerns and issues
surrounding the tenure of office of the Executive Committee members of the GAA.

The statement
said, “we the concerned group of Athletics, Past Performers, Former Coaches and
Technical Managers recommend that an all-inclusive contributions and
submissions be derived from all to present their views, inputs and proposals
for consideration at a General Assembly to address this matter.

“We request an
Interim Committee mandated by the IAAF, the court or non-governmental committee
(Parliamentary Committee on Sports) to look into all the concerns relating to
constitutional breaches, skews, expunges and expenditure before any declaration
of electoral congress.

“We further
declare a level of mistrust and no confidence in the executives whose tenure
has expired. We petition that the level of autocratic and compulsive behaviour
of the executives and the Secretary General cannot be tolerated. This has
brought a great division among athletes, coaches and even lovers of athletics.”

The petitioners
claim Executive Officials of GAA have more interest in traveling than the
Athletes welfare while the association does not have a place for proper
competition and training outside Western Region (Essipong), Northern Region
(Tamale) and Cape Coast Sports Stadium. The other facilities for athletic training
and competitions in Accra and Kumasi (the major athletics cities) are nothing
to write home about.

They also
argued that “GAA now belongs to a certain class of people who are taking it as
their bonafide property. They go about threatening athletes and coaches if they
don’t support them.

“The Executive
Officers have their individual or personal agendas in serving GAA which must be
addressed rightly. Example, a Secretary General travels on an international
meet and declares himself a coach, an organizing secretary who is an executive
official travels with athletes and declares he is the official coach perhaps we
have enough coaches qualified to do the job.

“Some coaches
were invited to be with athletes in their travels but they did not meet their
qualification as coaches instead they had their personal plans with the
executives.

Meanwhile, the
GAA and the petitioners would again appear in Court on Monday, April 29 for a
hearing.

GNA

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