The Vice-president of the Ghana Olympic Committee(GOC), Paul Atchoe, beat volleyball enthusiast Edward Owusu 12-9 to retain the presidency of the Ghana Volleyball Association(GVA), at an elective congress staged at the media centre of the Accra Sports Stadium last Saturday.
The election which failed to come off a month ago after a fracas over the eligibility of some voters was rescheduled for Saturday at the Media Centre after a committee set up to resolve voter eligibility and status finished and presented it report.
Many had believed Edward Owusu who coaches the Ghana Army volleyball team would cause a shocker by dethroning the veteran Paul Atchoe, a former national volleyball star, but that wasn’t to be as the 21 delegates who cast their ballots gave Mr Owusu only nine votes.
A calm unassuming Atchoe who has been given another four years mandate vowed to unite all to promote and develop the sport in his first comments after the election.
“I am going to fast-track the development of beach volleyball which is on my heart and at the forefront of the volleyball agenda this year. By so doing I will use my positions as President of CAVB Zone 3 and president of the GVA to prioritise beach volleyball development in the country”, he noted.
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Another shocker saw incumbent vice president of the GVA, Reverend Philip Pearce-Pearson, lose to Greater Accra chairman, George Tettey, who has become the new Vice president.
George Tettey secured 13 votes to get the nod while the incumbent got eight votes.
Edem Dotse Divine became the new treasurer after going unopposed while four executive board members were elected.
They are Iddrisu Bawa, James Attoh, Akor Adu Sam and James Fodjour Kojo.
A deputy national chief sports development officer, Daniel Sarpei, who swore the newly elected executives into office challenged both losers and winners to forge together ahead to make volleyball a worthy sport in the country.