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27 Jun 2011
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IOC meets with delegation from Ghana

On 24 June in Lausanne, the IOC held a productive meeting with representatives from the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), led by its President, Mr Benson T. Baba, and from the government of Ghana, headed by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Clement Kofi Humado. The GOC was suspended by the IOC Executive Board (EB) in January 2011 after the GOC’s autonomy was considered as severely threatened by national sports legislation.

During the discussions, the two following issues were addressed and agreed upon:

1. Considerable progress has been made over the last few months to amend the relevant provisions of sports legislation in Ghana in order to make it compatible with the principles and rules of the Olympic Charter, which governs the Olympic Movement. The formal process of adoption by the Parliament is well under way and it was agreed that once this last step has been completed and the IOC is officially notified, the IOC EB will be in a position to consider lifting the suspension of the GOC.

2. Once the suspension of the GOC is lifted by the IOC EB, the GOC shall immediately take all necessary steps to convene its elective General Assembly as soon as possible. The process shall be supervised by the IOC.

All parties agreed to work together in a constructive manner in a spirit of mutual understanding and respect for each other’s responsibilities and prerogatives in order to benefit sport and the athletes of Ghana.

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