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GOC sets up three-member committee to investigation Australia fiasco

The Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) has instituted a three-member Disciplinary/Grievance/ Dispute Resolution committee to investigate matters arising from Ghana’s participation at this year’s Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia.

Ghana’s participation at the multiple sporting event was marred by a visa fraud scandal that led to over 50 Ghanaians being deported as well as a strike by athletes who demanded payment of their per diems culminating in a disastrous outing on the international front.

This unfortunate happenings led to a full scale investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police, but the GOC is seeking to delve further into what transpired at the games by setting a three member Disciplinary/ Grievance/ Dispute Resolution committee with Justice Tanko Amadu (Chairman), Peter Kpordugbe (Member)and Gifty Annan-Myers (Member).

A statement signed by Mr. Richard Akpokavie, General Secretary of the GOC said, “The GOC and the Commonwealth Games Association of Ghana is investigating matters relating to the participating of Ghana at the Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia.

“Any person who wishes to appear before the GOC Disciplinary/ Grievance/ Dispute Resolution Committee may first submit a written statement to the Secretary General of the GOC on or before the 16th July, 2018 between the hours of 8:30am to 3:00pm  on the first floor Liberation Towers, Ridge Roundabout.

“Persons who submit statements should note that they may be called upon to appear in person before the Disciplinary/Grievance/Dispute Resolution Committee of the GOC to give evidence or clarify matters in the statements submitted and may be examined.”

However, the Disciplinary/ Grievance/ Dispute Resolution committee is expected to sit on the 23rd, 24th and 25th July, 2018 to hear from members of the federation, sports officials and the general public who are interested in providing relevant documents to the committee.

Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo has reinstated Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide and the chairperson of the National Sports Authority, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang after exonerating them from any wrongdoing in the visa scandal at this year’s Commonwealth Games after the CID submitted their report to the Presidency.

Source: GNA

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