Wednesday,19 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1278, (14 - 20 January 2016)
Wednesday,19 September, 2018
Issue 1278, (14 - 20 January 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Still in position

Although Ahly’s board of directors lost an appeal, they might still continue ruling the club, reports Inas Mazhar

Al-Ahram Weekly

Earlier this week, Ahly club’s board of directors lost their appeal in court against the decision by the Administrative Court a week earlier which cancelled the results of the board’s elections due to irregularities in the procedures.  Accordingly, the court urged the Ministry of Youth and Sports to dissolve the current board, appoint another and call for early elections.

The second court ruling on Sunday confirmed the first but this time called on the minister of youth and sports to implement the ruling.

Immediately after Ahly’s appeal was rejected, the club’s board of directors filed another lawsuit against the second ruling. However, unlike the first, the lawsuit did not mean the suspension of the second ruling. Thus, the minister is obliged to take action.

The Ahly board has now threatened to take the case to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which prohibits government interference.

Vice-President of the Egyptian National Olympic Committee Alaa Meshref said that the IOC is familiar with the case. “Ahly think that they (IOC) don’t know what’s happening and that they can complain, but the IOC is aware of everything. Some senior officials in the IOC are Arabs and contacted us immediately after the court decision to familiarise themselves with the situation,” Meshref told Egyptian Radio.

“We have a problem in Egypt. Our sports law is not compatible with the Olympic charter. This is the same problem we had two years ago with the former sports minister Taher Abu Zeid when some club boards and federations were dissolved.

“There are so many irregularities and court rulings regarding this law which is still valid. The government has nothing to do with it. When the problem escalated with the IOC and an Egyptian delegation met with IOC officials in Lausanne, we were given one year to make amendments to the new sports law according to the Olympic charter. But we are beyond that and nothing has changed. We are still going with the current law which means nothing will change.

“The new sports law was drafted but needs the approval of the parliament. If it becomes law, it can go into effect and will save us. If not, then Egypt might face a tough situation with the IOC which could lead to an international suspension. There is no other way than for the law to change,” Meshref said.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Minister of Youth and Sports Khaled Abdel-Aziz implied that if he was to appoint a board then the best thing to do would be to appoint the same board out of respect for the general assembly “which had selected these board members with a huge majority in the elections that took place in 2014”.

But would the board members agree?

“Well, I have spoken to the club president and they are willing to continue in their positions as appointed members for the sake of the club, “ Abdel-Aziz told the Weekly, adding, “so far, I have heard no apologies from any of the board members.”

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