The National Sports Council (NSC) will today (July 20th 2016) name a 5-man interim body that will be charged with the responsibility to take the Sierra Leone Athletics Association to an elective congress in October this year.
Last Tuesday, the NSC announced they had dissolved the Abdul Karim led SLAA administration after opposing the 15th December 2015 elective congress as a ‘clandestine ‘and illegal congress.
“Our decision to dissolve the executive was done in accordance with the Sports Council Act and what we are doing is to restore sanity within the SLAA body.”
Meanwhile, the Karim led SLAA Executive are insisting on not going to any other congress and the embattled President still believe they have the legality to run the Association’s administration.
However, the NSC’s decision could spark a disagreement with the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) which officially confirmed the Abdul Karim Sesay’s re-election last year. In an exclusive interview with African Sports Monthly last December, the IAAF Communication’s Department Deputy Director; Chris Turner, said they were satisfied with the conduct of the elections and accepted the results. Turner said: "The IAAF was informed on 17th December 2015 that the SLAA had finally held their elective congress on 15th December 2015 and that Mr. Abdul Karim Sesay was re-elected President. The dissolved SLAA Executive however is yet to appoint a General Secretary.
The Director of the National Sports Council on the other hand has stated that they will communicate with the IAAF about their decision and give them a full update on the situation. He said: “This is an internal national matter and we all know what happened, we are going to inform IAAF with full rundown on what occurred on December 15th 2015.”