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BYSA MEMBERS REJECT SUSPENSION

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In the latest episode of the ongoing Brikama Youth and Sports Association, BYSA, saga, 45 of the 67 member-bodies have written to the West Coast Regional Sports committee, WCRSC, to express disappointment and disapproval of the suspension of BYSA.

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In their letter, attached with signatures from team representatives obtained by The Standard, the teams made a seven-point resolution to the regional body to consider and redress the whole saga. We reproduce the full text of their correspondence signed by Assan Darboe.

We the undersigned team representatives of BYSA having been disturbed and greatly concerned by the unfortunate and unwarranted suspension of BYSA executive and the setting up of a Normalization Committee for BYSA in the wake of a demand for early congress by certain team representatives, do hereby resolve as follows for your wise consideration and redress:

1. That the general team representatives’ body had never met to decide and demand an early congress as claimed.

2. That the general team representatives’ body distances itself from any such move (call for early congress) which is causing confusion and tension currently facing the association and the entire community and if not checked could undermine the peace and stability in the association and the community.

3. That an early congress cannot be imposed; it is subjected to the discretion of the executive committee and team representatives where necessary as the former has a clear four –year mandate to run the association.

4. That the suspension of BYSA executive in this case is unjustifiable and unacceptable.

5. That to assign a Normalisation Committee to run BYSA activities is a calculated move to illegally unseat our elected executive and therefore is totally unrecognised and unacceptable.

6. That the legitimate BYSA executive committee stays in office as mandated until congress where their fate shall be decided freely and democratically.

7. That the Task Force committee met with the general team representatives on Sunday 29th March 2015 and not the 26th March 2015 as stated on the report; also the facts we presented were not captured in the task force’s report; the chairman WCRSC even came very late to that meeting

In the name of peace and stability, we do hope our position as the key stakeholders will be seriously considered.

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