ST JOHN’S, Antigua, December 21, 2013 – Opposition Parliamentarian Paul “Chet” Greene has been reelected President of the Antigua & Barbuda National Olympic Committee (ABNOC) despite an attempt to derail the balloting.
Senator Greene returned as head of the ABNOC following the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on Thursday.
However, his re-election wasn’t without controversy with the barring of presidential candidate, Neil Cochrane from contesting the election. His slate was disqualified on the basis of an ineligible nomination.
But the AGM proceeded and five new members were elected to the executive of the ABNOC. They include Dr Philmore Benjamin, Kelesha Antoine, JoAnne Small, Everton Cornelius and Jules Bowen.
“I am humbled by their decision. I am strengthened by their support and do here commit to give my very best and my all to the operations of the NOC and to the advancement of sports in Anitgua & Barbuda in general, bringing Antigua & Barbuda in line with a number of international situations in the area of sports administration,” Greene was quoted in the local media.
He promised to embark on internal restructuring including streamlining the operations of the ABNOC to make it more efficient.
“Some internal restructuring (would) include staffing; it would be of course, going forward with the sports management course, which is planned to be rolled out early next year,” he said.
Greene said that the ABNOC will also be implementing some of the recommendations from a study conducted by a UK University as well as preparations for the island’s participation in the Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics, among others.