Cycling: French refutes step-down talks


March 17, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Presidential aspirant and former Secretary General of the Sierra Leone National Cycling Association (SLNCA), Elizabeth French, has refuted talks that she has withdrawn from the association’s presidential race.

Delegates of the SLNCA were expected to go to congress early this year but the country’s National Sports Council postponed the said congress due to several reasons, including the current health situation in the country.

With the exact date for the congress yet to be announced, several reports had made the rounds that one of the four candidates – Elizabeth French – has pulled out of the race leaving the incumbent Winston Crowther, Percy Nicol and Emile Luke to battle for the top seat.

However, in an exclusive interview with Concord Sports, Madam French vehemently denied the reports, thus reaffirming her commitment to contest for the SLNCA presidency.

She said: “These are all fake rumours. I have never spoken to any journalist about stepping down from the presidential race because I have no intention of doing so.”

“My decision to contest was not taken in any haste, so I have no intention of pulling out. Whoever is spreading such lies to the media [is only trying to be mischievous] because I am well focused,” the only female aspirant in the race said.

French has been with the SLNCA for over six years; four years of which were spent as secretary general of the association.