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THE Zambia Weightlifting Federation (ZWF) and Cycling Association of Zambia (CAZ) are on the verge of being banned from all sporting activities after failing to beat the Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) deadline to pay up their dues.

But the Zambia Amateur Boxing Federation (ZABF) survived the SCZ’s wrath as they managed to pay their affiliation fees, beating the December 15 deadline.

ZWF general secretary, Dominic Mutale said in an interview yesterday that the federation could not manage to pay their annual subscription fees because they had no financial capacity to do so.

Mutale said ZWF was barely surviving and was being run from the pockets of the officials and pleaded for leniency from the SCZ to enable the federation continue operating despite their failure to pay the affiliations.

The ZWF official could, however, not disclose how much the organisation owed SCZ but said their annual affiliation fee was K1, 000.

CAZ president, Peter Chintu also said his association could not beat the deadline set by SCZ and now wanted a meeting with the national sports authority to help resolve the problem.

Chintu, however, said CAZ had raised about K2, 600 from the K7, 500 the association owed SCZ in unpaid arrears.

He said the association now wanted to meet SCZ and hope the national motherbody would allow CAZ to be paying the remainder of the amount in instalments.

Chintu, who took the CAZ mantle in July last year, said it was also the organisation’s prayer that SCZ could waive the debt his executive inherited from the previous committee.

CAZ is supposed to pay K2, 500 annually in affiliation fees to SCZ.

But ZABF adhered to the SCZ ultimatum by paying the K5, 000 it owed the national sports governing body for 2013 including K4, 500 for last year.

ZABF treasurer, Joe Siame Jnr said the federation had cleared its dues with SCZ and would now just need to pay a K500 balance for last year.

Siame said to ensure that ZABF paid its financial obligations to SCZ and world governing body, AIBA on time, there was need for its affiliates to also clear their affiliations fees before March 31 of each year.

He urged all affiliate associations and clubs to pay up the 2014 affiliation fees on time to enable ZABF also meet its obligations.

Efforts to contact ZSBA officials yesterday failed.

SCZ vice-chairperson, Emmanuel Katebe promised to issue a statement this week on whether the four affiliate sports associations had owned up as directed.

SCZ had given ZWF, CAZ, ZABF and Zambia Softball and Baseball Association (ZSBA) up to December 15 to clear their annual subscription fees or risk being disaffiliated.

When giving an ultimatum to the four organisations, Katebe said while SCZ wanted to embrace all its affiliates, there were rules and regulations which the member associations needed to adhere to like paying annual affiliation fees.

Meanwhile, JOSAB Changa, the losing presidential candidate in last weekend’s National Olympics Committee (NOC) polls, has petitioned Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili to quash the election results which he claimed were marred by electoral irregularities.
Among the allegations Changa has highlighted in his 10-point petition to the minister are that the ballot boxes were possibly stashed with pre-marked ballot papers and that transparency was lacking in the polls.

In a petition which also has the backing of two other losing candidates, Matilda Mwaba and Shapa Wakung’uma, Changa stated that he was among other things denied a chance to ‘sell’ his vision to the candidates.

“We were not allowed to check if the ballot boxes were empty or not. They could have had some papers inside but that was not shown to us. Also after voting, the boxes were emptied on a table that had other papers and that is suspicious.

“We were also not told how many ballot papers were printed. And NOC staff that handled the ballot papers were seen getting papers from beneath the table. It’s on these matters that we ask the minister to annul the results and call for a re-vote in Lusaka,” he said.
Changa lost the polls to incumbent Miriam Moyo for the position of president while Wakung’uma lost the position of general secretary to office holder, Hazel Kennedy with Mwaba beaten by Boniface Kambikambi for the treasurer post.

He alleged that there were a lot of irregularities some of them made him even wonder why there was an Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) official in Alistair Kaleji.

Changa said that NOC staff should also not have been allowed anywhere near the voting venue as some of them were interested parties and confessed that after the elections.
“I have got witnesses who can testify to these issues raised. Some affiliates had NOC paying for their affiliation fees. We were also not allowed to challenge the voting results,” he said.
He also complained about the role played by presiding officer Bessy Belemu, the director of sport, saying she did avail the candidates chance to sell their manifestos before the elections.


 


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17/12/2013 18:06

RCF Will Support Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's Candidature at FIDE Presidential Elections

Russian Chess Federation decided whose candidature to support at FIDE presidential elections. As in 2010 RCF will support the reigning president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

The decision made at the RCF Supervisory Board meeting today looks, to say the least, surprising. Lately, RCF and FIDE didn't look to be extremely fond of each other. For instance, at the recent Supervisory Board meeting Arkady Dvorkovich said, "According to preliminary estimates, FIDE president hasn't fulfilled a single promise from those he gave back when he was elected [in 2010 -CN]. We should take this into account when we will have to make a decision on whom to support at the upcoming elections."

Coincidentally, in the same period of time Internet emerged with the so called sponsored articles about the RCF in which it was called "swindling"; the articles also stated "Dvorkovich's and his wife, Zumrud Rustamova's, connection with Dagestani criminal". As to Mr. Levitov, he was called "the hardened schemer and cocain fan" and that is just one extract.

As it turned out the other candidate running for FIDE president, Garry Kasparov, took a sober view on the things. This is what he told us in October interview:

"I am absolutely aware of the fact that I shouldn't be getting RCF's support now. That's not a tragedy for me, because the elections will take place in Tromso, Norway and even if RCF will want to behave as aggressively as in 2010, it will have minimum opportunities for that there. That's not Khanty-Mansiysk, so it's clear that if Russia decides to support Ilyumzhinov actively, it will influence on some federations. Now the situation has changed dramatically and I don't think that Russia's influence on the neighbouring countries - I mean post-Soviet countries - will remain as strong and effective as it was in 2010. That's the case when I would be glad if I was wrong and Russian federation keeps neutrality.

Let's be objective. All those rumors on the new candidature are senseless. [...] It's clear that Ilyumzhinov has his advantages - he has been in the organisation for a long and that is a traditional advantage in any political campaign. The person who is on the post has the strategic advantages of administrating, people may be afraid of finding themselves on the side of the loser. Any kind of hesitation in this situation - let's say appearance of a new candidature from Russia - will be taken as failure of Ilyumzhinov as a potential candidate representing Russia. So, Ilyumzhinov hopes to represent exactly Russia and that will be his psychological advantage."

Ilya Levitov refused to comment on the situation.

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15/05/2014 14:54

Mutale said ZWF was barely surviving and was being run from the pockets of the officials and pleaded for leniency from the SCZ to enable the federation continue operating despite their failure to pay the affiliations.

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