Cycling boss takes a swipe at NSA

Author: Kwame Larweh
Mohammed Sahnoon- dares the NSA on the law
Mohammed Sahnoon- dares the NSA on the law

The President of the Ghana Cycling Association, Mohammed Sahnoon, has urged the National Sports Authority (NSA) to refrain from illegalities and misconceptions since it has no power to appoint general secretaries for the various national federations.

He challenged the Director-General of the NSA, Professor Peter Twumasi, to show him the relevant portions of the law that empowers him and his outfit to appoint general secretaries for the various national federations.

“Per the provisions of the Sports Act, 2016, under Act 934, it is the Minister of Sports who is empowered by a Legislative Instrument to make regulations and not the Director-General,” he told the Graphic Sports in an exclusive interview in Accra.

According to him, the Director-General of the NSA fell into error by construing the provision of the Act as giving him the authority to regulate, hence his directive to the national federations.

“He has no such authority and cannot go beyond what is provided under the sports regulations made in 2011, which is Legislative Instrument (LI) 1988,” he stated.

Mr Sahnoon, who is also a legal practitioner, called on the president of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC), Ben Nunoo Mensah, to respond to the Director-General’s misconceived directive.

However, Mr Nunoo Mensah has appealed for circumspection and wider consultations before such issues could be addressed.