GOC must kick-start electoral process — Sports federations

Author: Chris Nunoo
Prof Francis Dodoo

Heads of sports federations in the country have called on the leadership of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), led by Prof Francis Dodoo, to immediately start the process towards an electoral congress slated for November 5 this year.

This, according to the presidents of the federations, is to ensure that the Ghana Olympic cycle is synchronised with that of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as the other National Olympic Committees (NOCs) around the world.

This was contained in a letter signed by the respective heads, including presidents of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Peter Zwennes, Ghana Weightlifting Federation, Ben Nunoo Mensah, Ghana Taekwondo Federation, Frederick Lartey Otu, Ghana Rugby Federation, Herbert Mensah, Ghana Golf Association, Willie Aggrey and the vice president of the Ghana Football Association, George Afriyie, which was sighted by the Graphic Sports.

 The federations said the move was in line with “Our resolution of November 2, 2013 which was passed to extend your term of office for a further period of 11 months to ensure the Ghana Olympic cycle conforms to international best practice.”

They added that “the resolution is also to synchronise the Ghana Olympic cycle with that of the IOC and other NOCs all over the world to ensure that the team which carried on or takes over will have a full four years to plan and prepare for the next Olympics slated for Tokyo, Japan, in 2020”.

The federations further stressed that “the time has come for the body to take practical and visible steps to ensure that Ghana would not only add up to the numbers at the next Olympics in Tokyo 2020”.