The former President of the Sierra Leone National Cycling Association, Winston D.C. Crowther, was sent out of an African Cycling Confederation (CAC) Management meeting, recently held in Egypt.
The current executive, headed by Percy Nicolson, previously informed the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Africa Cycling Confederation (CAC) that Crowther was no longer the Association President. According to information received, when Crowther arrived for the meeting, the group asked him to leave.
It was a big blow for Crowther, as he was not expecting that. He said, even his refund for his ticket was not given to him before he returned to Sierra Leone.
Crowther has a complaint filed with the UCI and CAC regarding the elections of the Sierra Leone Cycling Federation held in October 2016.
The President of CAC, Dr. Wagih Azzam, who is also the Vice President of UCI, has written to the Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Cycling Association, Curtis Johnson, on the 17th of November. The letter reads:
“First, I would like to underline that African Cycling Confederation (CAC) is not in the position to be in favor or against anyone. We are always dealing with cases on the basis of fairness, equity and transparency principles.”
“UCI and CAC have already received a letter of complaint from Crowther regarding the elections of Sierra Leone Cycling Federation.
Thus, during the management committee meeting held on 1-2 November, in the CAC Headquarters, the CAC Management Committee deliberated in the absence of Crowther as per the CAC Constitution and decided the following:
Mohamed Sahnoon (President of CAC legal Commission) Yao Allah-Kouame (CAC Secretary General) are in charge to review this case.
They shall travel soon to Sierra Leone to meet with all concerned parties (Minister of Sports, NOC, NF).They shall submit a report very soon.
The letter went further that they are hoping Inshallah that this case will be settled while maintaining good relationships between all parties for the interest of cycling in Sierra Leone.