Joe Caru­ana Cur­ran con­firmed ASA pres­i­dent for an­other three-year term

● Judge Emer­i­tus Far­ru­gia Sacco with­draws can­di­da­ture at the last mo­ment

Malta Independent - - SPORT - Henry Brin­cat

Joe Caru­ana Cur­ran was con­firmed pres­i­dent of the ASA for an­other term af­ter Judge Emer­i­tus Lino Far­ru­gia Sacco with­drew his can­di­da­ture for the pres­i­dency dur­ing yes­ter­day evening’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

Far­ru­gia Sacco was to be the only per­son con­test­ing Caru­ana Cur­ran for the ASA pres­i­dency, but af­ter the lat­ter’s speech to the del­e­gates, MOC del­e­gate Joe Cas­sar pre­sented a let­ter to Caru­ana Cur­ran handed to him by Far­ru­gia Sacco.

It said that Far­ru­gia Sacco had with­drawn his can­di­da­ture.

In the let­ter, ad­dressed to the ASA pres­i­dent, Far­ru­gia Sacco said the fact that the fi­nan­cial state­ments for the Statu­tory year ended 30 Septem­ber 2016 were not pre­sented to the clubs eight days be­fore the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, con­sti­tuted a vi­o­la­tion of the statute of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

He also claimed that the fi­nan­cial pic­ture from the 2015 ac­counts, was a very wor­ry­ing one. He al­leged that the ASA had made a loss of euro 232,368 in the year 2013-2014.

Ac­cord­ing to Far­ru­gia Sacco, this has re­sulted in the State­ment of Fi­nan­cial Po­si­tion be­ing in a neg­a­tive bal­ance amount­ing to euro 60,607.

And he asked: “What is the po­si­tion for the ac­counts for the year ended 30 Septem­ber 2016? Is it an­other deficit of €166,000, or €60,000 or other fig­ure which no one knows but should have been pre­sented to the AGM ac­cord­ing to the Statute?”

At the end, Far­ru­gia Sacco also com­plained that he thought it was not fair on him not to be al­lowed to at­tend the AGM, ex­cept dur­ing the vot­ing.

Be­fore the let­ter was read in full to the del­e­gates, th­ese were re­quested whether they still wanted to ap­prove the fi­nan­cial re­port once again once it was not pre­sented to them eight days be­fore the meet­ing, ac­cord­ing to the statute – they had al­ready done so be­fore. And once again they ap­proved the re­port.

Af­ter a short break, a vote was taken just the same to con­firm Caru­ana Cur­ran as pres­i­dent. There were no votes against al­though there were four ab­sten­tions.

On his re­turn to the room, the ASA pres­i­dent thanked all those who had shown con­fi­dence in his abil­i­ties to vote him in for a third three-year term. He said he was now even more de­ter­mined to work on ev­ery as­pect in favour of the clubs, also con­firm­ing that his pri­or­ity will be swimming.

Alan Bonello was then voted unan­i­mously as the new vice pres­i­dent/ad­min­is­tra­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Ear­lier, Caru­ana Cur­ran made his an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion to those present say­ing that he con­sid­ered this year as fan­tas­tic.

He went on to men­tion the suc­cesses of the na­tional teams, es­pe­cially the men’s se­niors and ju­niors who reached the fi­nals of the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in their cat­e­gories. “It is cer­tainly not easy to be among the top 20 in Europe. But they did it and we are all very proud of that achieve­ment. It was all due to the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of the coaches and the play­ers,” he said.

He said wa­ter­polo re­mained the more pop­u­lar sport or­gan­ised by the as­so­ci­a­tion, even if he was dis­ap­pointed that the at­ten­dances did not reach the de­sired num­bers, thus the rev­enue for the clubs was small once again.

How­ever, he said he was glad to see the game reach­ing good stan­dards, es­pe­cially at na­tional team level. “We have won a lot of re­spect so much so that even our main spon­sors – Bank of Val­letta – have just signed an agree­ment with us to have an an­nual euro 5,000 in­crease over the next three years. This means that from euro 35,000 this year, it will be 40,000 next year, 45,000 the sec­ond year and 50,000 the third year,” he added.

Caru­ana Cur­ran also re­vealed that the as­so­ci­a­tion has just reached an­other spon­sor­ship deal with the com­pany DIZZ and is due to sign an­other deal with a com­pany he did not name which wishes to spon­sor the ju­niors. “Th­ese are all aware that they are putting their money in the right place,” he said.

He went on to ex­plain that swimming needed more at­ten­tion, even if it was ev­i­dent that the hard work put in by all those in­volved in the sec­tor was giv­ing its de­sired fruit. He re­vealed: “We in­tend to send a con­tin­gent of be­tween 12 to 14 swim­mers to the Games for Euro­pean Small States in Europe in San Marino next year and we all hope to see our young­sters de­liv­er­ing the goods over there.”

Fi­nally he thanked all those who have backed the ASA dur­ing th­ese last few years, from SportMalta, the MOC, the spon­sors, es­pe­cially Bank of Val­letta, the clubs, the ad­min­is­tra­tors, es­pe­cially sec­re­tary gen­eral Rita Az­zopardi, as well as the Dis­ci­plinary Com­mis­sion­ers, Ap­peals Boards mem­bers and the Coun­cil. He also thanked Euro­pean body LEN and world fed­er­a­tion FINA for their sup­port.

He con­cluded his speech by say­ing: “I am priv­i­leged to have been re­turned to of­fice for an­other term. I have not been per­fect, but I have re­ally done by best which, maybe, was not enough. I now think that if there have been any dif­fer­ences, th­ese should be left be­hind us and start work­ing hard to­gether in the in­ter­est of our sport.”

Out­go­ing ASA vice pres­i­dent Simon Galea Testa­fer­rata and Joe Caru­ana Cur­ran read­ing the let­ter sent by Judge Emer­i­tus Lino Far­ru­gia Sacco about his with­drawal of the can­di­da­ture for the pres­i­dency Photo: Domenic Aquilina

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