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Personal agendas crippling BAAA

  • Mike Sands.

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Published: May 25, 2013

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Some two weeks ago Mike Sands confirmed the taking of a no confidence vote against Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations’ Vice President Iram lewis, General Secretary Carl Oliver and executive member Harrison Petty.

Subsequently the three labeled the process illegal and stood firm on their elected positions as of November of last year.

There was another announcement by BAAA President Sands that new appointments were to be made to replace Lewis, Oliver and Petty. This has not officially happened.

A general meeting of the BAAA was scheduled, then postponed twice. The impression was given that the so-called no confidence vote meant Petty was dismissed as President of the Track and Field Parents Association. That was not the case.

In fact, the parents organization is functioning without missing a beat. It has been disclosed that presently Parents Association Vice President Peter Pratt and Administrator/ Secretary Mabeline Miller are attending the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Championships in Marion, Indiana.

The purpose is to network for scholarships and to witness the induction of Derrick Atkins and Aaron Cleare into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Atkins and Cleare are just two of the many examples of the significance of the Parents Association, under Petty, to the development process of track and field in the country.

One has to wonder about the agendas of those who would wish to eliminate Petty from this very vital process. In fact, it seems that personal agendas are the main reasons for the dilemma the BAAA is in.

Sands would be wise to make every effort to settle the differences within the BAAA because as the top executive, fingers will be pointing his way if the current controversy causes the organization to crumble badly.

Already there are some notable signs.

For one, I have been informed that the BAAA’s major sponsor, BTC, has cut back on its financial commitment for the 2013-2014 year, from $100,000 to $50,000. That’s right in half, perhaps an indication of things to come. Companies that partner with organizations prefer not to be associated with controversy.

At present, the BAAA is far from being that organization Corporate Bahamas or interested individual donors can feel comfortable with. No doubt, personal agendas threaten to cripple the track and field base in the country.

A compromise should be reached in the interest of the national track and field program, and the many young boys and girls involved.

It is BAAA President Sands, who, in my view, should lead the way. He alone can determine just how history will treat him. As it is, there has been more disruption within the BAAA under his leadership than at any other time in the storied history of the BAAA.

• To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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