By Tony Nezianya
The annulled presidential election of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) is now to hold in Tokyo, Japan, sometime in November.
The date has been fixed for Nov. 29 and Nov 29.
This decision to stage the election in Tokyo was reached at a General Assembly of ANOCA held in Algiers on July 17.
According to the resolution, the General Assembly decided as a result of financial constraints to hold the election on the sidelines of the meeting of the World Olympic Movement — the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly.
ANOCA added that its election would hold in strict compliance with the rules and regulations in force.
The association has welcomed the decision of its former President, Ivorien, Gen. Lassana Palenfo not to re-contest his position following the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) judgement of May 25, 2018 that annulled his election.
The Presidential election was held in Djibouti on May 10, 2017 at which opponent of Palenfo, Cameroonian Gen. Malboum Kalkaba was disqualified leaving Palenfo to win by acclamation.
The Cameroonian, dissatisfied at the eventual outcome headed to the court of arbitration, where he obtained a favourable judgement.
It is not yet certain, if he too would opt out of the new race for ANOCA presidency.
The Assembly said it had noted the report presented by President Lassana Palenfo and thanked him for his efforts and sacrifices at the service of the African Olympic Movement and its athletes.
It congratulated the `Review and Reform Committee’ for the job done so far, saying they were looking forward to its report and recommendations at the next General Assembly.
The General Assembly, however, confirmed its 1st Vice-President, Algerian, Mr Berraf Mustapha as Acting President following the election annulment.
Meanwhile, the Assembly has also approved Lesotho as host country for the 4th edition of the African Youth Games in 2022.
It urged all members of the African Olympic Family to exercise calm and restraint, be respectful of one another, “while joining hands to create an environment that is conducive for progress and development’’. ##