RCI St. Lucia
posted on March 18, 2015 10:01
According to a group of concerned individuals which includes former national athletes, Olympians, current coaches, parents of athletes and several other sports stakeholder there is something rotten in the management of the sport of athletics in St. Lucia.
For decades, athletics’ enthusiasts and corporate sponsors alike have vented, but for this year 2015, the issue has reached such unethical levels that it has caused a major stir, amidst the hype of the upcoming annual Inter-secondary School Championships and Carifta games.
This situation is so grave that one of the most populated and most vibrant athletic clubs in St. Lucia has even refused to participate in the sport of athletics in 2015 due to alleged acts discrimination by the Executive of the St. Lucia Athletics Association (SLAA).
This reaction also stemmed from the dishonourable manner in which the biennial election process for the Executive of the St. Lucia Athletics Association (SLAA) was conducted on 25th October 2014.
The election process was highly criticized as it violated several articles of the Constitution of the SLAA, as described by petitioners in a signed petition dated 20th December 2014 to the Minister and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, Shawn Edwards and Fortuna Belrose, and the elected President of the SLAA Wayne Burton.