BAAA suspends president

Published: Sunday | November 24, 2013 Comments 0

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC):The President of The Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations (BAAA), Mike Sands has been suspended.

The BAAA executive board members last week voted to suspend Sands for 30 days.

"Within seven days after serving his suspension, Mr Sands is at liberty to appear before the executive board and show cause as to why his suspension should not be extended to expulsion. Should he fail to appear before the executive board, the board will make a final determination in his absence," according to a statement from the BAAA.

However, Sands has sought to clarify the ongoing impasse since the BAAA elections of November 2012.

"The members voted to remove Iram Lewis (VP) Carl Oliver and Harrison Petty. The vote of the members was not accepted, and a selected number of executives were taken to court for a judicial review. The court ruled "lack of jurisdiction", but the trio were not satisfied. They filed to the courts again. The members voted to have a vote of no confidence in the entire executive board. Oliver indicated that he would not send out the notice to members," he stated.

"In the meantime, certain executives who did not find it necessary to attend meetings (both executives and general) duly called by the president have proceeded in holding meetings called by the general secretary, and his supporters and pretend to set the agenda for the federation.

"And finally, a so-called group of executives has purported to suspend the president. What is most interesting is the fact that there is no respect or trust shown to the members, but the vote of the small group is deemed correct by them.

"We are at a loss, as to why there is no confidence in the voters (members) and who can convince others, that there is no need to solve this impasse, by going back to the voters, a new mandate."

The Bahamas is scheduled to host the inaugural IAAF World Relays, May 24-25, 2014.

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