17 June 2013

Gambia: IOC Agrees to GNOC Extraordinary General Assembly

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has written to the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) informing them that they have no objection if it [GNOC] has agreed to convene a new Extraordinary General Assembly in order to review the membership and voting rights.

According to the letter signed by Pire Miro, IOC's NOC relations Director, they have written to Honourable Alieu Kebba Jammeh, informing him that they have no objection in principle with the latest development, but that there are certain conditions that should be met.

Below is the full text of the letter that was sent to the president and secretary general of the GNOC, Alhaji Momodou Dibba and Peter Prom respectively.

We are writing to you in reference to the latest developments in the situation of your NOC, our exchanges over the last few days and the letter which was sent yesterday to the Minister of Youth and Sports of The Gambia (attached for reference purposes).

As clearly expressed in our letter to the Minister of Youth and Sports, we would like to confirm that we have no objection in principle if your NOC agrees to convene a new Extraordinary General Assembly to review again the membership and voting rights of the few Federations/associations in question, provided however that the following conditions are met:

1. The GNOC Constitution and the Olympic Charter must be strictly respected.

2. The GNOC cannot accept as voting members any federation/association which is not duly affiliated to its International Federation (IF) and/or not in good standing with its IF. This is a guiding principle - and an objective criteria - which shall be respected as per the Olympic Charter. The GNOC will be able to offer any necessary assistance to the few federations/associations in question for them to meet the IFs' requirements and be affiliated to and/or in good standing with their IFs. However, until this is done and confirmed by the relevant IFs, those federations/associations can be invited by the GNOC to attend any meeting but without voting rights.

3. The specific cases in question will be considered or re-considered one by one at this new meeting of the GNOC Extraordinary General Assembly with a possibility given for the few federations/associations in question to be heard before the General Assembly prior to any final decision made by the General Assembly. For that purpose, all those federations/associations in question shall be invited to this Extraordinary General Assembly and must be present.

4. It goes without saying that anyone who would refuse to attend this Extraordinary General Assembly would automatically disqualify him/herself and would have no legitimacy to claim anything after.

5. Everyone will have to accept the sovereign and final decisions (whatever they are) made by this Extraordinary General Assembly of the GNOC in accordance with the GNOC Constitution, the Olympic Charter and the IOC instructions.

6. The ongoing court case(s) against the GNOC shall be withdrawn with immediate effect, and all pending internal issues of the GNOC must be freely discussed and decided within the NOC and by the GNOC's competent bodies.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the good will shown by your NOC to find a satisfactory solution in accordance with your NOC Constitution, the Olympic Charter and the IOC instructions.

We hope that your efforts, combined with those of the Minister of Youth and Sports and all the federations/associations involved, will allow for any pending issues to be definitively resolved in a serene and peaceful atmosphere and in the spirit of the values and principles which govern the Olympic Movement.

We would appreciate it if you could inform us of the date on which your new Extraordinary General Assembly will be held as well as the date on which your Elective General Assembly (which will have to follow as soon as possible as per the IOC roadmap of 10 April 2013) will take place.

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