October 7, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Former Vice President of Sierra Leone National Cycling Association (NCA), Percy Nicolson, was Thursday, 6 October, 2016 elected as the association’s leader until 2020.
Nicolson was elected as the new NCA president at the Presidential Lounge of the National Stadium
after securing 54 votes as against his opponent, Franklyn Cole, who recorded 13 votes from the 72 delegates who cast their ballot.
Other members, Madam Elizabeth French, Curtis Johnson, Anthony Bangura, Bernard Turay, Solomon Collier, Yusuf Alie and Percy Nicol were all elected to serve as executive committee members, with their respective positions to be confirmed after an in-house meeting.
In his victory statement, Percy Nicolson said his main focus was a united cycling family and development of the sport in the country.
He said: “My focus now is to get a united family, take the sport to the schools and colleagues.”
Meanwhile, former president Winston DC Crowther, who boycotted the electioneering process on the pretext that the elections contravened the NCA constitution, insisted that he is still the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) recognised president.
Thursday’s election was conducted by both the Ministry of Sports and a three-man committee that was setup to conduct a verification process of delegates who voted in the elections.
It is unclear though whether the UCI will recognise the newly elected Percy Nicolson executive because they’ve been silent over NCA issue for over a year now.
The Crowther-led government term of office expired since 2014 but they were unable to conduct an elective congress due to disagreement on several constitutional issues.