IOC to lift Ghana suspension in July

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), after its Executive Board meeting held in London which ended April 6, 2011, has disclosed that it is considering lifting the suspension on Ghana’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) early this July after receiving an update on the suspension.

According to the Executive Board (EB) of the IOC, it has recognized efforts been made by the Ghana government to revise the sports legislation in consonance with the Olympic Charter and these are “positive developments.”

“The EB has recognised these efforts and positive developments and might therefore be in a position to consider lifting the suspension of the NOC at its next meeting in early July 2011 in Durban”, the IOC said in a press statement published on its website.

The statement added: “Following the suspension of the NOC of Ghana in January, the government of Ghana has taken appropriate steps to revise the sports legislation in question, so that it would now be compatible with the basic principles of the Olympic Charter which govern the Olympic Movement.”

On Monday April 4, 2011, citing the Associated Press (AP) reported that the issue of Ghana’s suspension from the Body was on ghe IOC’s agenda list that will be discussed.

Ghana was suspended from the IOC following a decision taken by its Executive Board on Thursday January 13, 2011.

Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports recently presented to Parliament a new Legislative Instrument that will be in compliance to the IOC’s Olympic Charter.


By Ekow Quandzie

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