CISNOC calls emergency meeting

Tuesday January 23, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
CISNOC president Hugh Graham. 18012214 CISNOC president Hugh Graham. 18012214

Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) will hold an emergency board meeting tonight to discuss 11 key concerns.


CI News understands these concerns include a “financial situation” at CISNOC and issues regarding staff performance.

According to a reliable source, the financial issue revolves around claims that money was borrowed from a bank without approval from the executive board to cover a shortfall in the Pacific Mini Games 2017 budget.

CISNOC president Hugh Graham confirmed a letter was sent out to the presidents of the sporting federations notifying them of the meeting.

He said a letter was also sent to CISNOC secretary general Robert Graham and the staff to seek explanation over several “key concerns”.

“I have heard rumours hence the reason for a letter sent out to all presidents of our national federations, outer island administrators and athletics commission to advise them of this executive board meeting to put a stop to these rumours,” Hugh said.

“The fact of the matter is that the CISNOC executive board will meet (tonight) at 5pm at CISNOC to discuss and deliberate on the issues that have been set out in the letter sent to the secretary general of CISNOC (Robert Graham).

“The letter contains 11 concerns and these concerns will be discussed by the board once it has had the opportunity to go through what has happened and how it happened and how we will work through this.”

Graham said when he was selected as the president of CISNOC, he promised transparency in the affairs of the national sporting body.

He is asking the members for their patience as the board deliberates and decides on the action regarding “the concerns”.

According to the source, the meeting will focus on the “financial situation” which has been ongoing at CISNOC.

It is understood there was a shortage of funds to send the national team to an overseas event which prompted key CISNOC staff to undertake borrowing without the advice or approval of the executive board.

Meanwhile Hugh Graham confirmed the meeting would be closed to the public.

He also declined “on principle” to provide CI News with a copy of the letter sent to the presidents of the national federations.

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