Boxing News of Friday, 6 July 2012
Matchmaker Solomon Otoo Lartey is crying wolf that Ghana
Boxing Authority (GBA) boss Samir Captan is apparently still in office calling himself
President of the nation’s boxing governing body.
Reacting to a purported letter from the GBA to various associations
under the body including the United Boxing Coaches Association of Ghana signed
by Mr. Captan, Mr. Otoo Lartey described it as out of order and is calling on
the National Sports Authority to call Samir Captan to order and restrain him
from calling himself GBA President.
“The politicians he (Mr. Captan) is following in
Odododiodoo, he should ask them what is the meaning of President. Before you
become a president you have to be elected. Formerly, J.J. Rawlings was the
Chairman of PNDC before he was elected as president through NDC,” Solomon Otoo
He added: “I don’t blame him, it’s lawyer Felix Quartey I
blame because he has to tell them about the law. He knows that the law has
changed and it’s LI – 1988 which is working now so their administration is
The Ghanaian boxing administration have come under intense
pressure to assimilate themselves unto the New Sports Regulations LI – 1988,
which prescribes the formation, organization, administration and elections of
officials of sports association to rest in the hands of people interested in
that particular sport (stakeholders).
A stakeholder pressure group, the Committee for Boxing
Stakeholders (CPBS), have called for Mr. Captan who is in office by government
appointment, the two year tenure having expired in June last year, to vacate
office for the boxing fraternity to go to Congress to elect their executives. A
stand that has received the backing of the National Sports Authority (NSA) who
have since ordered the GBA to go to congress to elect their officers.
That is why the GBA have notified the various stakeholders
to elect their executives by August 31 so the process for congress and election
of executives for the boxing governing body could be executed thereafter.
“His tenure of office expired last year and he was only by
appointment. He’s only a chairman, not president, who elected him to call
himself president? Presidents are people who are elected. He can’t address himself
as president, he can’t. If you hang unto power like Muammar Ghadafi, you will
die,” United Boxing Coaches Association President Godwin Dzanie Kotey AKA
Alloway has also said.
Abdul Rashid Williams, Secretary of the United Boxing
Coaches Association also adds his beef on GBA Communications Director Mohammed
Amin Lamptey. “Amin Lamptey is the one bringing problems in Ghana boxing and
Mr. Samir Captan should bring Amin Lamptey to order because he goes on air to
attack coaches without any cause. What is wrong with coaches calling for
congress when Mr. Captan has also been part of the call for congress long
before he became the GBA Chairman? Instead of Amin Lamptey to know that the new
LI allows congress to come on, he goes on air and just tries to defend the