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Feb 16, 2018

Sports Council Wants to Stay Out of Cycling Bickering

The Belize Cycling Federation has been waiting for the National Sports Council to sign off on its new constitution before elections for its executive can be called. But Tariq Cano, a young cyclist, is seeking to replace the leadership of current president and vice-president Dion Leslie and Orson Butler, respectively, over allegations of neglect of the development of the Federation and financial worries among many other things. Patrick Faber, the Minister of Sports, has been asked for his take and he says the Council has not been given any official word on the situation. As a general rule, however, Faber says the Council prefers to stay out of individual federations’ internal business despite politics, unless and until there is a verifiable report of unfairness to one individual.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Minister of Sports

“I have not been briefed by the federation and I can only tell you what I know from talking to people personally and observing what is on the news. Unless I get that official word about what is going on then I prefer not to get into that. But know that the Government and especially the Sports Council try to stay out of those internal politics unless there is some kind of fair play not going. But you know everything is politics. I tell even the church people that there is politics in the church; politics in sporting; politics in everything. So, where we can stay out of that we try except that when there is the claim made officially to us that there is some kind of foul play, some kind of unfairness happening in the Federation, then we get involved.”

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