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Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - By EZRA STU­ART

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,

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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.

ezras­tu­art@na­tion­news.com

STEVE STOUTE will not be seek­ing re-elec­tion as pres­i­dent of the Bar­ba­dos Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion.

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