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Court order runs Athletics Association elections off track

A Grand Court judge has granted an injunction preventing the Cayman Islands Athletics Association from holding Executive Committee elections scheduled for Thursday 20 October.

Justice Michael Wood Tuesday (18 October) granted the ex-parte order that also requests the CIAA turn over all records of membership, including applications and financial records.

CIAA member Harold Delroy Murray is listed as the Plaintiff, according to the order.

He alleges CIAA Executive Committee members have not explained what he says are discrepancies in the Association’s books, according to an affidavit. He also alleges CIAA Executive Committee members are “recruiting” non-CIAA members for the sole purpose of being reelected, which is prohibited by the CIAA constitution.

CIAA Treasurer Paula Erskine, CIAA General Secretary Barbara Wilson and the CIAA itself are listed as defendants.

“What concerns me, first and foremost, are the kids and the programmes,” Cayman Islands Sports Minister Hon. Osbourne Bodden said. “I understand that things are still moving ahead but I want that the politics, as it were, in this matter cease and that we get on with the business of looking after the children and the programmes for Cayman.

“But I’m also concerned to learn that one of the people running for office — for President — is a sitting member of the Legislative Assembly, Hon. Mr. Bernie Bush. I certainly see that as direct interference into a sporting organisation when he, himself, has often warned about that very thing.”

Mr. Bush is not listed as a plaintiff in the matter.

Mr. Bodden, however, believes there are internal politics at play in a bid to become CIAA President. He also says he’s advised the Association to check the world governing body for the sport — the IAAF — whether there are regulations regarding legislators serving on an association’s executive.

Mr. Bush says he’ll issue a statement on Mr. Bodden’s comments Friday 21 October.

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HDM v CIAA ExParte Order

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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