The President of the Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA), Alhaji Abdul Karim Sesay, has told this medium that he is going for a third term as president of the SLAA amid contestations over his third term bid.
In an interview with NewsWatch Sports, Alhaji Sesay, who assumed the Athletics Association hot seat in 2011 said the success of his leadership has changed the dynamics of athletics in the past decade and also debunked claims made by his opposition and vice president, Martin Momoh Bangura over the illegality of his third term aspirations.
President Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA)”During the Extraordinary Congress in Lunsar – a Congress held to ratify the SLAA Constitution for it to fit IAAF’s, a whopping 33 votes as against 11 through hand voting, went in favour of the third term inclusion in the statutes”, he said.
Alhaji Abdul Karim further intimated that, Martin Bangura and his followers are building this “Castle in the air” as a result of total panic over his popularity amongst delegates.
“This current Constitution was adopted in the November 30th 2018 extraordinary congress in Lunsar, sealed and certified by athletics world governing body, IAAF”, he maintained.
Alhaji Abdul Karim noted that, his intention to go for re-election was made known during an executive committee meeting, which Mr Bangura was part of.
“I have made my intention known long ago. The International Association for Athletics Federations (IAAF) have been communicated to with regards the forthcoming electoral process, and have since replied, validating the process”, he stated.
Responding to concerns raised with regards the late notification of members/delegates for the February 26th Congress in Kenema, SLAA Administrative Secretary and Special Rapporteur, Idris Hamza Kamara, said the notification for Congress was done in line with the Constitution’s 30-days notification process.
He added that the allegations made by Martin Momoh Bangura’s camp, denying the Constitution’s adoption during the Lunsar Congress, was baseless and misleading, and a ploy to tarnish the hard-earned reputation of the association.
“The Constitution was ratified in Lunsar to meet the standards of the IAAF, and to also make spaces for other executive positions which Martin Bangura himself is a beneficiary”, Idris Hamza continued.