By Libya Herald Staff.
Tripoli, 28 November 2013:
The Libyan Olympic Committee (LOC) is looking to the future, with elections for the new . . .[restrict]administrative council set for early 2014 and four sports associations newly accredited.
Associations for cycling, gymnastics, basketball and hockey have been certified, according to the LOC’s acting president Noureddine Krekshi. Other sports, including rugby, are in the process of being accepted by the LOC.
At a press conference yesterday, Krekshi also underlined the LOC’s commitment to hold free and transparent elections for new board members. This process is supported by International Olympic Committee in coordination with Libyan government.
“Elections are an initial step towards reforming LOC,” Krekshi said. Originally scheduled for 2010, the last LOC elections were in fact held in April 2012, a few months before the London 2012 Olympics. The next vote for LOC’s new administrative council is set for early 2014.
Krekshi, who took over when former LOC president Nabil Elalem was disbarred by the Integrity Commission in January, said he would not be standing next year.
He said that, whilst it was supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, LOC remained an independent body. Krekshi pointed out, however, that it should be a unified organisation. He spoke out against attempts by some LOC members to speak on behalf of of the committee, showing what he described as “fabricated papers” allegedly signed by some LOC board members which were sent to the International Olympic Committee without LOC’s knowledge.
With contributions from Houda Mzioudet and Muhammad Elosta.