(CNS): A successful legal challenge has put the Cayman Islands Athletics Association leadership into turmoil after the elections were stayed by the courts by an injunction that was granted until administrative and financial records have been handed to the executive. Local attorney and member of the association, Harold Delroy Murray, filed the legal action to temporarily stop the annual vote for the ruling committee citing allegations about membership rigging and financial irregularities.
Murray suggested in an affidavit to the court that members had been recruited to the association without properly paying fees by the executive members running for re-election. The lawyer states in the court documents that there is a danger that the new committee could be elected by invalid members.
A number of issues have been plaguing the association in recent months but much of the trouble has been overshadowed in the sports headlines by the massive FIFA corruption scandal and its impact on the Cayman Islands Football Association and Jeffrey Webb’s very public downfall.
But earlier this year Dalton Watler stepped down as the domestic track and field boss after a mess up with paperwork prevented Cayman’s top athletes, Ronald Forbes and Kemar Hyman, from competing at an important IAAF meeting.
There have also been allegations that after local sprint hero Cydonie Mothersill stepped down as president of the CIAA, which receives a healthy subsidy of more than $135,000 from government, she received a lucrative coaching contract with the association.
In addition, allegations of sexual abuse on young athletes perpetrated by a coach from the US associated with the organisation has caused concern across the community.
Cayman 27 has also reported that Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden had raised his concerns that Bernie Bush, the MLA for West Bay and former CIAA president, is planning to run for election for the association. Bodden has suggested that it is inappropriate for a politician to hold such a position, while Bush in turn has accused Bodden of interfering, suggesting he was the one who drove Dalton from office after the Forbes fiasco.
See affidavit regarding the legal action in the CNS Library.
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