A of group of team representatives claiming to form two thirds majority had demanded an early congress, to usher in a new executive in June when the new Nawettan season will start.
They also accused the BYSA leadership of inflating its membership from 50 to 67 without their approval or knowledge. According to them, BYSA leadership held only two meetings throughout the season last year.
Abdoulie Badjie, chairman of the West Coast Regional Sports Committee, confirmed the suspension to The Standard, explaining that the move is not targeting anyone to be removed from BYSA as there is no policy to ban anyone. “All we are doing is to put aside BYSA and allow a Normalisation Committee to investigate the matter before April 30 when a way forward would be found,” Badjie said.
However, BYSA secretary general Alhagie Darboe has described the move as hasty, unilateral and suspicious. “It is very baffling that even before they got a response from BYSA or wait for their own deadline to pass, the team reps who are demanding an early congress took their case to the regional sports committee. And again, the regional body too rushed to the National Sports Council with the matter. Furthermore, the National Sports Council too rushed to instruct the regional body to stop BYSA activities, investigate and report to them by April 6. So you can see that the whole thing smacks of a scheme to satisfy some hidden agenda,” Darboe said.
Asked whatthe BYSA executive would do next, Darboe said his executive has written back to the Regional Sports Committee urging them to wait for their own task force to comprehensively complete their fact finding which will take on board all views and arguments of all stakeholders. ”This is our position on the matter as of now,” he said.]]>