Court injunction stops athletics association election

A meeting of the beleaguered Cayman Islands Athletic Association to determine who will lead the sporting body for the next four years has been stalled in the blocks due to an injunction granted by the court.

Former CIAA president, Delroy Murray, sought the action that was granted by Justice Michael Wood on Tuesday over concerns of a bloated membership list ahead of elections for the association’s executive committee that was due to be held Thursday (20 October).

Mr Murray, who has been a member of the CIAA for 15 years and is understood to be interested in an executive post once again, has accused members of the executive committee of increasing membership of the association in a manner to secure their re-election.

In court documents seen by, Mr Murray noted there were concerns about the most recent list which increased by approximately 50 people in the lead-up to the pending elections.

“Explanations provided for the discrepancies do not bear any resemblance to truth when examined against the Audited Report presented to Membership,” he stated.

“Despite requests by various Members of the Association for the Lists to be rectified and/or documents provided in support of the explanation proffered by the then Acting President none has been forthcoming to date.”

Mr Murray, a lawyer, said prior to amending the constitution 13 years ago, “persons who took no active part in the activities of the CIAA could be ‘recruited’ to come in on occasion of the elections to choose members of the Executive Committee and then vote/elect those who they were ‘recruited’ to vote for”.

His fear is there appears to be an attempt to return to that practice.

“Without the intervention of the Court it is my feat that these persons will be elected by persons who are not Members of the CIAA in truth and fact but persons ‘recruited’ for the sole purpose of electing their ‘recruiters’ to office. If this is done the truth as to what transpired to the election may never be uncovered,” the documents stated.

Of particular importance at the meeting is the election of a president. Dalton Watler stepped down earlier this year after an administrative error was blamed for the late registration of athletes to compete in the IAAF World Indoor Championships in March. That resulted in Ronald Forbes, the national record holder in the 110m hurdles, missing out on the event while he was showing impressive form.

Vice President Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens stepped in to fill the void but she, too, stepped aside.  That happened as her husband, Ato Stephens, was charged with two counts of indecent assault, one charge of gross indecency and one charge of misuse of an Information and Communications Technology Authority network in relation to an underage female victim, whom it is understood he was coaching. will have more on this developing story.

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