The Project Officer of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Erasmus Kwaw, has debunked rumours making the rounds on social media that suggested the GOC president would not stand for re-election.
“I’m urging the media to ignore the piece of falsehood making rounds on social media about the GOC president, Professor Francis Dodoo’s apparent lack of interest in the GOC elections,” he told the Times Sports yesterday.
Rumours were rife on social media yesterday about Prof. Dodoo’s intention to opt out of the GOC elections which date is slated for March 15, next year.
“I have no plans of contesting the GOC seat as I have a lot of enemies there. They have taken over power from me already and it will be a disgrace if I contest and do not win a single vote of which is possible. I have done my best for the GOC and it is time I step down,” a statement on social media quoted him as saying.
According to the GOC project officer, Prof. Dodoo has not yet made known his plans for re-election “as he’s rather concerned more about organising a successful elective congress in March, next year.”
For the past two years, Prof. Dodoo has come under enormous pressure from some heads of local federations, calling on him to step down.
At a point, the federation heads even threatened to pass a vote of no confidence in the Prof. Francis Dodoo-led GOC in 2014.
Prof. Dodoo saw an extension of his mandate by the GOC General Assembly for a year to enable the Committee have adequate preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Meanwhile, the GOC is scheduled to hold an extra ordinary congress on Saturday December 17 at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium at 9.am.
In a statement signed on Tuesday by the Secretary General of the GOC, Richard Akpokavie said the agenda would be registration and verification, setting up of elections commission, guidelines for GOC elections, setting up of disciplinary/grievance/dispute resolution committee.
The statement said the congress would comprise of two representatives each from all Olympic sport and one representative each from non-Olympic sport and institutions.
By William Fiifi Sey