Lutterodt to contest for GAA presidency

Author: Kwame Larweh
Ambassador Lutterodt

A former president of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), George Haldane-Lutterodt, has declared his intention to contest the position of president for the second time in the upcoming elections slated for the GAA congress in November.

The 62-year-old says he is being cajoled to resuscitate the dying sport from the doldrums.
 “After listening to so many calls and pressures from stakeholders in the sport, I believe coming back again to revive the discipline is in the right order,” he noted.

The athletics enthusiast appealed to the president of the GAA, Prof Francis Dodoo, to set a date for the holding of elections and congress in November.

 “We need to know how many delegates are voting, their names and the processes involved in the elections”, he stated.
He has vowed to bring transparency, inject capital and restore the past glory of the sport which used to be number one in the country."

A consultant economist, Lutterodt also pledged to unite all stakeholders in the sport and count on everyone’s contribution to make athletics great again.

“There will be no one-man show; all ideas would be taken seriously under my tenure and all dissents would be accepted.”

He also vowed to clean the image of the sport which has sunk low in recent times via the upsurge of visa racketeering bedevilling some of the nation’s sporting disciplines, including athletics.

“One of the first tasks I would undertake is to lift the ban on Martha Bissah,” he said of the former 800m Junior Olympics gold medallist who is serving an indefinite ban imposed by the athletics governing body.

Lutterodt said he was humbled by the many goodwill messages he had received to take charge of the sport again, and stressed the need for change in the management of athletics after eight years of leadership by Prof Dodoo.