National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SLE) has finally broken its silence over the power struggle within the Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA) and the country’s National Cycling Association (NCA).
Both the SLAA and the NCA have recently been embroiled in a power struggle of sorts which have seen the emergence of parallel executives recognized by the country’s Sports Ministry while the incumbent bodies are recognized by their respectively international federations.
NOC-SLE President admitted that they are aware of the existing wrangling in both Associations but added that their position of who they are working with is based on the respective correspondence from the individual international Federations and governing bodies.
Reaffirming the statement of the president, the NOC-SLE Secretary General said they only recognize the Karim Sesay’s led administration and the Crowther Presidency because it is in line with the International Olympic Committee charter.
“The NOC-SLE’s recognition of both Association incumbent Executives is confirmed because we have received letters from their respective international federations including reports and we will not work with any other administration until their International federations says otherwise” Nyande said and further cited regulations 27.1 & 28 of the Olympic Charter.
The regulations 27.1 the Olympic Charter reads: “The mission of the NOCs is to develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement in their respective countries, in accordance with the Olympic Charter.”
While 27.2.1 &2.2 stated: “To promote the fundamental principles and values of Olympism in their countries, in particular, in the fields of sport and education, by promoting Olympic educational programs at all levels that includes schools, sports and physical education institutions and universities, as well as by encouraging the creation of institutions dedicated to Olympic education, such as National Olympic Academies, Olympic Museums and other programs, including cultural, and programs related to the Olympic Movement; 2.2 to ensure the observance of the Olympic Charter in their countries.”
This latest statements from the top brass at the NOC-SLE has prompted reaction from the NCA Secretary General, Curtis Johnson who occupies the same position in both the Crowther administration and the Percy Nicol’s executive. In just few words, Johnson said: “The end justifies the means.”
By:Sahr Morris Jr