By Sahr Morris Jr. November 20, 2015
The National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SL) has issued a stern warning that they will not recognise any executive that is elected outside the jurisdiction of the seven-man committee setup by the Sports Ministry and the National Sports Council (NSC).
The NOC-SL warning came on Wednesday, days after a group of athletic stakeholders named ‘Legitimate Delegates’ invited delegates (voters), officials and the media (as observers) to an extraordinary congress today, 20 November at the Hilly Valley hotel, Signal hill.
The ‘Legitimate Delegates’ stated that their planned 20 November extra-ordinary congress was pursuant of Article 32 (3) (a & c) of the Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA) constitution.
However, the NOC-SL in their Wednesday letter advised the ‘Legitimate Delegates’ not to conduct the planned 20 April election based on several issues not limited to onus on the seven-man committee to identify the genuine stakeholders.
“The National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone would not recognise an executive that emerge from such election,” the letter reads. “We are asking the ‘Legitimate Delegates’ to wait for the elections that will be conducted by the executive of SLAA. This election will be monitored by the Sports Ministry and the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone.”
Chairman of the stakeholders, Michael Felix-Rowe, in reaction to NOC-SL warning stated that nothing will stop them from going to the polls on Friday.
“We are going to congress and nobody will stop us because we know we are on the right track and are going by the constitution,” Felix-Rowe insisted.