BOC could play key role in BAAA battle
Published: May 10, 2013
The big battle raging within the executive of the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) might actually be decided, ultimately, based on the decision taken by the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC).
Reportedly, there was a meeting held with BAAA President Mike Sands present along with other members of the BAAA Council, and there was a vote of no confidence carried against Vice President Iram Lewis, Secretary General Carl Oliver and Executive Harrison Petty.
My understanding is that the BOC received a communication, from the Lewis/Oliver/Petty side, pointing out the irregularity of the meeting and thus relegating it to an illegal forum.
I don’t know whether the BOC has received a formal communication detailing the situation from Sands. What is essential though, is for the BOC to receive both sides to the issue.
Another factor that is of great significance is the position of high influence that the BOC has with the international federations that are parent bodies to those within the Olympic Movement. The BAAA is a member organization of the BOC and thus subjected to operating in kind and following the proper order that is mandated.
If for instance the BOC determines after getting the full facts, that the so-called meeting was illegal or out of order, then the no-confidence vote would be ignored and the BAAA elections of November 2012 would still be regarded as legitimate and current.
If this is the case then accordingly the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) would be thus notified. In such a case, the status quo in the BAAA would remain the same as of November 2012.
Could it possibly be that the BOC could take an even stronger position? Could the BOC determine that membership of the BAAA at this time hinges on the elections of November 2012, only, and not the results of the meeting considered illegal by Lewis, Oliver and Petty?
Then, there is the question of the BAAA’s representative on the BOC executive. It is Lewis. He is one of six vice presidents on the BAAA Executive Board. He was elected on April 12 at a Bahamas Olympic Committee General Assembly that has been fully endorsed by the International Olympic Committee.
Lewis’ BOC status is thus cemented, at least for the next four years. Whatever happens with the battle within the BAAA, Lewis will remain a vice president of the BOC. It is not likely that any situation will develop whereby Sands would be able to replace Lewis at the BOC level.
This presents one of the main difficulties Sands and his supporters have. Let’s just say by some means the no-confidence votes against Lewis, Oliver and Petty stand. The BAAA would still be an organization represented by Lewis around the BOC table.
How could you then accept that someone whom a no-confidence vote went against still represents the organization?
This is obviously a part of the whole sad mix that Sands’ element did not think through.
Clearly, the aforementioned indicates the obstacles faced by Sands and those who fostered the no-confidence vote in Lewis, Oliver and Petty.
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