IT WON’T be dual roles any more for long-serving sports administrator, Steve Stoute.
In fact, Stoute, who now has added responsibilities as president of the Central American Caribbean Sports Organisation (CACSO), says only unexpected situations can get him to seek another team as president of the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) when elections are held on October 25.
Stoute, who will celebrate his 75th birthday later this month, told WEEKENDSPORT he is sticking to his plans to demit office after serving as head of the body for six consecutive terms from 1996.
“While it would be desirable to be president of both, I made a pledge four years ago that I would step down, so unless there are unforeseen circumstances, I plan to honour that plan,” he said.
Stoute, one of the Caribbean’s long serving Olympic officials, was first elected as BOA secretary general in 1968, six years after the body was officially inaugurated in 1962, when the late Louis Lynch was its first president.
He continued in that role under new president Michael Simmons and CARIFTA Games founder Sir Austin Sealy, who led the BOA between 1981 to 1996, before passing the baton to Stoute.
“I have been an officer since 1968 so this is 49 years that I’ve been serving the BOA and as it stands as today, it is still my intention to step aside,” he said.
He was also secretary of the Barbados Cycling Union from 1964 and was a member of the National Sports Council for 21 years, serving as chairman from 1983 to 1994.
Stoute admitted he has been asked by a number of influential persons to continue for another two years, especially since the BOA is trying to regularise the by-laws to prevent the entire executive body from being removed from office during any election.
“It is a fact that a number of federations and board colleagues have approached me, now that I am president of CACSO to try to do both together as one synergises the other. But I plan to proceed with my original pledge, made four years ago even though the future is not ours to see,” he said.
Stoute, who had been vice-president of CASCO, was elevated to the presidency under its statutes following the death of long-standing Dr Hector Cardona in June.
He must continue in the position until the next elections, which are due in 2019.
With nominations set to close on September 22, already a number of names are being advanced as possible candidates for the top BOA post.
Heading the list are vice-president of the Barbados Tennis Association, Sandra Osborne; former Minister of Tourism, Noel Lynch, and a past president of the Barbados Table Tennis Association,
Colonel Trevor Browne.
Lynch, who is the current chief executive officer of the Barbados Cricket Association, previously served as president of the Athletics Association of Association before rejoining the executive as vice-president.
All candidates must be nominated and seconded by two national sports associations that are on the Olympic programme.
While there are 36 member federations within the BOA, sports such as netball, chess, squash and bridge are not on the Olympic programme.