Sithole's moment of truth

HARARE - Thomas Sithole has promised to introduce new and efficient ways if elected to be the new secretary general of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (Anoca).

The veteran Zimbabwean sports administrator, who is the outgoing IOC Director of International Cooperation and Development, will be up against incumbent Khaled Eldin of Egypt for Anoca’s top post during the election this week.

Anoca will hold their elections at the general assembly which will be held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from Thursday until Sunday, where Zimbabwe will be represented Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (Zoc) president Admire Masenda and secretary general Anna Mguni.

“The candidate will immediately upon assuming office propose to the Executive Board the Secretariat structures, personnel and budgets that will make it possible for Anoca to operate at the same level as the other four continental associations,” Sithole’s election manifesto outlines.

The former Zoc president, who also holds high qualifications in sports management and an honorary doctorate of philosophy, was confident his well-travelled background will convince the electorate to vote him into office.

“He is a diplomat, having been one of the drivers of the IOC’s campaign to join the United Nations, a historic event that was finally achieved in 2009,” Sithole said in his manifesto.

“The management, personal and diplomatic skills that he has acquired through his professional life as a pilot and flight instructor, a sportsperson and sports administrator, a leader, a journalist, editor-in-chief and as board member in several companies, will certainly bring a unique management to Anoca and a responsive Secretariat that the member NOCs can be proud of.”

The Anoca elections will also see current president Intendant Lassana Palenfo being retained unopposed while two candidates will battle for the first vice-president’s post and a similar number will contest for the second vice-president’s position.

Three candidates have been nominated for the third vice-president’s position while a fourth post has been reserved for a woman and there will be three people who will be vying for this sole place in the Anoca Executive Committee.

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