25th July 2017
Will Sports Minister’s ‘Code of Conduct’ Contravenes IOC and FIFA Policies?
Asks the Ranger (26/05/17)
As Minister of Sports Ahmed Khanou convened the National Sports Development Confab, will his ‘code of conduct’ annoy other sports bodies?
It is on record that the Minister of Sports has spent thirteen months to plan a conference that is merely targeting fifty participants as the sum of six hundred million Leones has been approved by the Ministry of Finance to organise the Sports Development Conference that was convened on the 17 and 18 May 2017 in Freetown. (Pictured: Sports Minister).
What is most disturbing is the dogged insistence of the Minister of Sports that the conference will look into the formation of a National Sports Commission, which was the idea of the former Minister of Sports, Paul Kamara, but terminated the process following several advice by Cabinet Ministers and members of the National Sports Council.
The Minister of Sports has also maintained that the National Sports Policy, which was approved by the Cabinet of Sierra Leone in 2015, must be reviewed to incorporate his own ideas. However, the staff of the Ministry of Sports and National Sports Council are deeply divided over the tyrannical and inconsistencies of the Minister of Sports.
The Minister of Sports has also insisted on a Code of Conduct for Sports in Sierra Leone. The Ahmed Khanou, Code of Conduct, is expected to be in serious contravention with the IOC, FIFA and other international Sports Federation policies.
The proposed National Sports Development Conference was, however, planned to look into the problems and divisions affecting the progress of sports, look at resource mobilisation and sponsorship of sports, look into the infrastructural, technical, administrative and athletics development.
Apparently, these initiatives and initial plan of the Sports Conference have been diverted to things that have been addressed by the National Sports Council. The members of staff of the Ministry of Sports have questioned the capacity and seriousness of the current Minister in promoting the President’s Agenda for Prosperity and young peoples’ aspirations.
Furthermore, the members of staff of the Sports Council and Sports administrator are calling on the Minister of Sports to summon a meeting for the National Sports Council before holding the Conference.