By Sulayman Bah
Gambia Wrestling Association were last month on the receiving of derides from stakeholders who accused the association’s leadership of incompetence and funds embezzlement.
A four-page petition letter bearing signatures of wrestlers, wrestling club managers and promoters detailing a plethora of concerns was written seeking redress.
In the petition signed by forty-eight delegates, amongst others the petitioners claim that the leadership has no validated constitution or established complex for headquarters; is negligent, lacks transparency and has failed to hold an Annual General Meeting.
The dossier also alleges manipulation of combat dates for monetary gain and falsification of portfolios for travel benefits in international competitions towards the association.
The wrestling association confirmed the ongoing saga but protests innocence of the charges.
Reached for comment yesterday National Sports Council’s Ebou Secka said the issue is being looked into.
‘We are looking at it. We met the wrestling association’s executive not long ago,’ Secka, who wouldn’t go into any further details, told Foroyaa Sport yesterday.
The situation has triggered a furor in the arena coming at a time when the GWA was recently given a clean bill of health and endorsed as a recognized national sporting association by Sports Council after intense scrutiny.