Rae Roberts

Rae Roberts

by Rae Roberts (First Published in the Grenadian Voice)

Legal minds have scrutinized the Grenada Olympic Committee (GOC) Constitution and could find no legitimate reason why I was disqualified from contesting the presidency on May 25.

Read for yourself and be the judge – here is what the GOC Constitution says under the “Special Quadrennial General Meetings for Elections.”


4.1: There shall be a special Quadrennial General Meeting called specifically for the purpose of holding elections for officers to serve on the executive committee.

4.2: In attendance at the meeting shall be delegates nominated by affiliate national associations for this purpose; members of the retiring executive; members of the IOC;  active or retired athletes in accordance with Article 6.3 of this constitution; a returning officer and a recording Secretary, both nominated by the executive and approved by the Council.

4.3: The notice and agenda shall be served on members no later one month prior to the Special Quadrennial General Meeting.

4.4: Written nominations of prospective officers for elections to the executive must be received by the General Secretary no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the Special Quadrennial General Meeting.

4.5: The meeting shall be chaired by the returning officer who shall adhere to the following agenda

Call to order


Roll Call

Election of officers

Installation of new executive”


If those were the rules that govern the game then I could not have been legitimately disqualified under section 4.4 because I did submit a signed application provided by the Office of the Olympic Committee. The new executive owes an explanation to the public why the Returning Office disqualified my candidacy. In fact, the GOC constitution does not give Mr. Victor Ashby any power to disqualify a candidate. So the question is where did he get it?

Having studied the Constitution in great details and having the advice of legal minds it is very clear that the Election was not in keeping with the requirements of the Constitution.

The leadership of the Olympic Committee itself did not follow the rules and instead abuse the process. For example, the rules require the Council to approve the Returning Officer and appoint a Recording Secretary, but that meeting was never held.

Again the rules demanded that a month’s notice be given along with the agenda; but the agenda was circulated the morning of the meeting.

We have exposed ourselves – yes, we are very poor quality leaders and most unfortunately given the task to lead our premier national sport organization! It shows that the General Secretary who manages the office does not know what is written in the Constitution or perhaps did not want to follow the principles, and instead did her own thing.

Worse, the President and those of us who sat with him took no interest to ensure the process was respected. I share in that responsibility.

Many people, who have discussed the issue with me following the election, concluded that our Olympic Committee leaders and some National Federation officials are too obsessed with the opportunities to travel to the Pan American, the Commonwealth and the Olympic Games and conferences around the world rather than ensure the proper management of the athletes and domestic sports.

Indeed we have all hurt our own image and that of the nation, demonstrating how fixated on power we can be, even to the determent of the sport.

The one good which could come out of the fiasco is learning from the experience. I don’t expect the executive to stage fresh elections, being fearful of their demise; nevertheless, they must make it a priority to meet with all the national federations and apologize to them for the huge embarrassment Grenada sport endured all because by their tardiness.

It’s a shame that we veteran leaders have so little knowledge about the Constitution that govern their organization we dearly love hence, we must now educate ourselves and strive for intelligence; above all, we must reassure the public that commitment is to serve and not self-interest.

Erasing that perception of a small group that focuses on overseas traveling will not be easy, but the effort is worth the while.

In summary, we need a fresh start that will drum up public confidence and respect.

Opinion Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of GrenadaSports.


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