Kalkaba wins as CAS compels ANOCA to hold fresh presidential poll
By Tony Nezianya
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld an appeal filed by Mr Hamad Kalkaba Malboum of Cameroons National Olympic Committee against the decision adopted by the Executive Committee of Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA).
By the victory Kalkaba, President of Cameroon Olympic Committee has upturned his disqualification of May 6, 2017 at the Djibouti General Assembly that excluded him from standing against Lassana Palenfo for presidency of ANOCA.
Prior to his disqualification, Kalkaba and Palenfo were to stand election for the position of ANOCA.
“The decision adopted by the Executive Committee of ANOCA on 6 May 2017 is annulled and that all sanctions against Mr Malboum are expunged,’’ CAS said a judgement.
“Given that Mr Malboum has not committed any wrongdoing, ANOCA shall comply with the resolution passed at its Extraordinary General Assembly on Nov. 3, 2017.
“That a new election for president (open to all candidates) shall take place in accordance with ANOCA Statutes.’’
The court, then awarded costs of the arbitration, to be determined and served on the parties by the CAS Court Office, shall be bone in its entirety by ANOCA.
“ANOCA shall bear its own costs and is ordered to pay to Mr Hamad Kalkaba Malboum the total amount of CHF 8,000 (eight thousand Swiss Francs) as a contribution toward the leg fees and expenses incurred in connection with these arbitration proceedings’’.
With the disqualification of Kalkaba before prior to the polls, Palenfo, who was immediate past president of ANOCA was declared winner by acclamation by the members of ANOCA at the elections in Djibouti General Assembly.
The situation changed when Kalkaba opted to challenge his disqualification at CAS.
By the success of his appeal, he will now eligible to stand election anytime that ANOCA calls for election to fill the vacancy for the position of president of the continental body voided by the successful appeal at CAS.
The executive committee had hinged the disqualification of Kalkaba on some leaked alleged incriminating documents.
One of the documents, from the Cameroon Foreign Ministry appealing to governments in the continent to prevail on their National Olympic Committee officials to cast their votes for Kalkaba.
The other was from the Prime Minister’s office, virtually confirming that funds had been made available for influencing some important members of the “Olympic Family’’ to sway votes in favour of Kalkaba.
The said document had followed a letter of appeal to Government of Cameroon in which he sought financial assistance for use to canvas for votes.
CAS said in the judgement that such assistance did not violate ethics as the executive committee had made futile attempts to prove. ##