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Sports News of Monday, 19 August 2019

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Ministry of Youth and Sports should call GAA to order-Haldane Lutterodt

The former chief of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), George Haldane Lutterodt has implored the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Authority (NSA) to sanction executives and leadership of the GAA for organising what he described as controversial congress last Saturday in Tamale .

He explained that in spite of the numerous objections raised, the GAA went ahead to organise the congress to elect new leaders.

The GAA cited its autonomy and independence as an established entity under the International Association of Athletics Federations(IAAF) to organise the congress that retained incumbent professor Dodoo as the president for the third time.

However, the NSA and the Ministry under whose purview the GAA falls says proper modalities such as the public announcement of the election and the allowance of a 28 day period for interested parties to pick up forms and file to contest for positions were not adhered to.

were not put in place before the congress was organised, explaining that, it was organised on the backdrop of a contentious court battle involving Mr Lutterodt, a contestant and the current leadership of the GAA, NSA among others .

Mr Lutterodt believes the elections held in Tamale was a charade and the behaviour of some appointed personalities of the NSA who organised the elections were an affront to the authority of the NSA.

“ This is a charade and a facade , I am glad I am not part of this clandestine election, the NSA and the Ministry must take action against the leadership of the GAA and all those involved in this fraud.” Mr Lutterodt Graphic Sports Online in an interview.

He therefore wanted the sports authorities to declare the elections held in Tamale as null and void and disregard the authority of the newly elected executives.
“We must not allow this to happen in this country, athletics must not go down this way, the Minister must speak and exert his authority.” Mr Lutterodt noted.