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Olympic administration congratulated by IOC

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Published: May 07, 2013

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The Bahamas Olympic Committee’s (BOC) elections to position officers to guide the most important sporting organization in the country for the next four years, took place April 12, almost a month ago, and the new administration has settled in quite well.

There has been minor bickering on the part of several of those executives who were unceremoniously rejected during the balloting. The position taken by the majority of the delegates was emphatic however, based on the vote counts for each category of executive. I can verify that. I chaired the elections.

Still, despite the endorsement of the proceedings by International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative Richard Peterkin, a few former executives criticized the process. Finally though, all of that will be put to rest following several communications from the IOC. Foremost, IOC President Jacques Rogge sent the following letter to BOC President Wellington Miller:

“Dear President… On behalf of the Olympic Family, I would like to express my heartiest congratulations on your re-election as president of the Bahamas Olympic Committee during your NOC General Assembly which took place on 12 April 2013. I wish you continued success in your endeavors for the promotion and development of the Olympic Movement in your country.”

That communication is dated April 26, 2013. Another letter, also dated April 26, 2013, came to Miller and Secretary General Romell Knowles from Pere Miro, the Director of National Olympic Committees Relations Department and Olympic Solidarity. It read:

“Following your communication dated 16 April 2013, we would like to convey our warmest congratulations upon your re-election to the position of president and secretary general respectively, of the Bahamas Olympic Committee on the occasion of your NOC General Assembly which took place 12, April 2013. Please also extend congratulations to the NOC office bearers elected or re-elected on that occasion. We wish you all the best in your work and we look forward to pursuing our fruitful collaboration. As always, we remain at your entire disposal for any assistance you may need.”

Thus, the absolute position of the IOC regarding the April 12 BOC General Assembly and the way it was chaired, renders the objections of some of the rejected executives of no consequence or merit. I would say that to the credit of former vice presidents Algernon Cargill and Mike Sands, they accepted the wishes of the majority and were most respectful to the chair, the visiting IOC representative and other delegates.

The letters from IOC Chief Rogge and NOC Relations Director Miro put a cap on the 2013 General Assembly of the Bahamas Olympic Committee.


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