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Mar 2, 2011

Cycling Association apologizes to junior rider who was in accident

As sixteen year old Ethan Neal crossed the finish line in Saturday’s cycling race, he collided into an oncoming pick-up truck. Neal suffered several injuries to the face, neck and body and he got over fifty stitches. His father, Guy Neal, put the blame squarely on the Belize Cycling Association, which he says should have provided security to prevent the accident. Today the association issued a press release, apologizing to Neal’s family and pledging to support him throughout his recovery period. It also commits to correct the shortcomings immediately with the hopes of preventing future mishaps. The release ends by wishing Neal a speedy recovery so he can return to the sport.

Bertie Chimilio

Meanwhile in football news an investigation launched into the management of the Football Federation of Belize is still underway.  In mid-December of last year F.F.B. President Dr. Bertie Chimilio came under fire from the football community as well as the Ministry of Sports after being endorsed for another term in office as head of the organization.  The ire of football aficionados was raised when Chimilio and several others were reinstated to the leadership of the Football Federation of Belize without due process being conducted to vote for an executive committee.  Soon after a Sports Investigation Committee was launched by the ministry to review and establish whether the appointment of members to the F.F.B. board was indeed valid.  In a release issued today the National Sports Council reiterated that the inquiry remains ongoing.  Until the findings have been verified the Ministry of Sports through the National Sports Council does not recognize the legitimacy of the current F.F.B. executive.

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8 Responses for “Cycling Association apologizes to junior rider who was in accident”

  1. Disgusted! says:

    TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE!!!!! The young man could have died due to the mediocrity of the cycling federation and their gross negligence in ensuring the safety of riders at the finishing line. As usual, like everything else in Belize, they always practice after the race. (pun intended.) I hope the family gets a good lawyer, sue their @$$e$ and set an example of the cycling association for their stupidity!!!

  2. beemtheman says:

    Banch of morans!

  3. Xaan says:

    way to go!!! out with Chimilio!

  4. concerned citizen says:

    They need a young and vibrant person for the post. Out with Chililio.

  5. Cyclist says:

    It is unfortunate that they put these 2 stories together. While Chimilio has a paid (handsomely since does no other work) position and travels all over the world first class courtesy of FIFA, the cycling association has only volunteers, people who give up their saturdays and sundays to organize and officiate races.

  6. CEO says:

    Chimilio needs to go! He has not done anything for the game of football (real football not the kind that only one guy kicks that they play in America) in Belize.

    He should be ashame to not have even one soccer field in the country that is approved for FIFA games. Name one thing of significance that he has done for the sport in Belize?

  7. The People Had Enough says:

    How about the moron who just drove through the place seemingly with no due care and attention to anyone. I mean come on, blame who you will, but this idiot knew exactly what was going on and should have been more careful, he even continued to drive a little more even after the kid hit his vehicle, also, don’t you think he saw the cyclist coming towards him, a horn honk would have bee nice. When he got out the vehicle he seemed pissed that the kid hit his vehicle and was acting like and arrogant fool, chinese don’t respect people in this country and they show that on a daily basis, go to any chinese store and watch how the behave, no courtesy to their customers; just pay and leave. Sorry mein, but someone should have busted up that fool, he well and knew better.

  8. Nolbert Moss says:

    Chimilio was elected in accordance with the FIFA approved FFB-statutes. It doesn’t matter whether the Ministry of Sports or Sports Council determines that the manner in which the election was conducted was fair or not. The legitamacy of the election has more to do with whether the statutes governing the election were violated. The Statutes empowered him to appoint district Chairmen who, because they are beholden to him, will never endorse any opposing candidate. The Statutes specify how the application for office has to be done. The guy who wanted to run didnt submit his bid according to the Statutes so that made it null and void.
    Players need to organize during the next four years, establish viable district associations, co-opt the Chimiliolated District Chairman through association statutes and follow the Statutes to seek affiliation with FFB. This is the only way Belizean Football can be given a chance to flourish. The district associations have to take back football from the FFB executive….
    There is no other way that will be productive…
    The path being taken now will result in Belize being suspended from FIFA. Once suspended, then what? We will still have to organize from the District asscociation level to fill the vacuum left by Chimilio. Without that we would simply be replacing one autocrat in form of Chimilio for another autocrat…
    Peace

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