Youth and Sports Minister D.Zeogar Wilson has sharply reacted to a communication from the FIBA dated March 12, 2020 stating among other things that it does not recognize the newly elected leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association headed by Abraham Samukai something Minister Wilson noted he is taken a back at seriously.
In an exclusive interview with our reporter Minister Wilson on Wednesday March 25, 2020 maintained that the Ministry of Youth and Sports will not honor such action and or decision by the FIBA on grounds that the letter did not mention any constitutional violations in the just ended elections.
He challenged FIBA to site any statue that was violated for which they should nullified the just ended election, this he noted is unacceptable.
The youth and Sports Boss further argued that the March 12, FIBA’s letter is vague questioning the basis for its action.
“I am taken a back at FIBA’s letter and called on them to put their acts together” , he added.
According to a FIBA letter copy of which is in our possession disapproves the incidents that occurred during the elective general assembly of the Liberia Basketball Association on November 30, 2019.
The letter additionally stated that FIBA does not recognize the election of the President of the Liberia Basketball Association emanating from the just ended elective assembly.
Moreover, FIBA calls for the reconvening of an elective general assembly in accordance with the status of the LBA and Fiba with in a period of three months adding that the status must be harmonized taking into account Fiba’s legislation.
Fiba Africa according to the letter informs all stakeholders in the sector that embattled President Anderson Tosh remains in position during the period in order to ensure the proper functioning of the Association.
The decision according to the communication was based on a report from their representative Iddrisu Gamel Ayambire from the just ended elective general assembly of the LBA respectively.
However, Minister Wilson stressed that the Ministry’s decision is clear, simple and unchanged until Fiba can site some constitutional bridges or violations that brought on board the new leadership of the LBA.
Mr. Wilson said that the general assembly of LBA is the highest decision making body of that sports institution as such no one can undo what they did adding that though the (FIBA) as the biggest decision making body of the sport globally, it has no right neither authority to interfere into the running of local activities.
Justifying further he pointed out that the new team of leaders headed by Samukai is doing well and he is so far impressed with the transformation of the LBA unlike in the past.
He wants the embattled president Anderson to forget about the Association relative to leadership and move on because the new team is gradually improving the game in Liberia.
Up till Press time the Liberia National Olympic Committee is yet to respond officially to the situation but it appears like the LNOC is now between the scissors on what action to be taken especially with the latest unbinding statement by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Currently according to inside source consultations from the LNOC are in the making as official statement and or position on the matter is expected to be released soon.