Battle to head Olympic Association

Ambrose Phillip – likely to serve as GOC President

Ambrose Phillip – likely to serve as GOC President

Speculation is rife that moves are afoot to replace long-standing President of the Grenada Olympic Association, Royston La Hae.

Informed sources told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that former General Secretary of the Grenada Football Association (GFA), Ambrose Phillip is being considered in some sporting circles as a likely replacement.

However, a source who spoke on condition that he was not named said that veteran Sports Writer, Rae Roberts could be a dark horse in the race.

He said that Roberts would only consider running for the position if Phillip is put up by any of the sporting associations that are part of GOA for the top sporting position.

Nominations for the various positions on the GOA should have taken place on Wednesday with actual voting due in another two weeks.

The GOA is comprised of many of the sporting bodies in the country including the Grenada Football Association, the Swimming Association, the Athletics body, Badminton, Table Tennis, and Volleyball sporting organizations.

According to the source, a group of sporting enthusiasts on the island believe that it is time for a younger person to take charge of the affairs of the Olympic body from the aging La Hae.

He said that La Hae is nearing seventy and has been in charge of the GOA for the past 30 years and the time has come for a younger person to take charge.

However, the source pointed out that it would not be easy sailing for Roberts, who was recently nominated by the island’s trade union movement to be its representative in the Senate.

He spoke of an interest group planning to work against him on the grounds that he is considered to be too close for political comfort to the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of former Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas.

He said the group is loyal to expelled General Secretary of Congress, Peter David who was at the centre of the recent internal wranglings within NDC that cost it the last general elections.

The source stated that one of the persons who is actively campaigning against a Roberts bid for President of GOA is the husband of an individual who is associated with the swimming association.

The anti-Roberts proponent, like David both served as officers in the disbanded People’s Revolutionary Army (PRA) of the ill-fated 1979-83 Grenada Revolution.

Raymond Roberts – a dark horse  in the race

Raymond Roberts – a dark horse
in the race

David is believed to have aligned himself and his supporters with the New National Party (NNP) of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell for its clean sweep of all fifteen seats in the February 19 general elections.

Since the elections, the former NDC executive member accompanied new Prime Minister Mitchell, once an enemy, on two visits to Venezuela.

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