CISNOC suspends secretary-general

Friday January 26, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
Cook Islands National Olympic Committee secretary general Robert Graham has been suspended indefinitely by CISNOC board. 18012526 Cook Islands National Olympic Committee secretary general Robert Graham has been suspended indefinitely by CISNOC board. 18012526

The board of the Cook Islands National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) has suspended its secretary-general, Robert Graham, indefinitely.

 

The suspension which is on full pay, came into effect on Wednesday following a CISNOC executive board meeting on Tuesday evening.

The meeting was to address financial and operational concerns in the organisation that had been brought to its attention.

As a result of issues identified in the meeting, the board decided that further enquiry is required including a review of Graham’s performance as secretary-general.

The CISNOC board of directors in a statement yesterday said it had decided in the interests of transparency and independence, to suspend the secretary-general on full pay whilst “the enquiry or review is being conducted”.

“The board, however, requests that member codes refrain from interpreting this decision as an indication of any wrongdoing by the secretary-general at this time and requests that all members patiently await the outcome of the board’s enquiry,” the statement said.

“The board expects to complete its enquiry within the next four weeks with a view to informing both government and CISNOC members of its findings upon completion of its report.”

The statement also said CISNOC president Hugh Graham, had declared a conflict of interest as brother to Robert, excusing himself from taking part in all further enquiries.

The board said in order for the CISNOC office to continue its normal day-to-day operations, it had in the meantime assigned management responsibility for the office to the organisation’s sports manager, Siniva Marsters.

“The board has also requested the assistance of Teina Taulu, who will take over the finance operations of the office during this time.”

CI News on Tuesday revealed that an emergency executive meeting was being called to discuss and deliberate on concerns including a “financial situation” at CISNOC, and issues regarding staff performance.

According to a reliable source, the financial situation concerns the borrowing of money from a bank without approval from the executive board, to cover for the shortfall in the Pacific Mini Games 2017 budget.

1 comment

  • Comment Link Jason Brown Friday, 02 February 2018 01:51 posted by Jason Brown

    Be good to know who is on the board, and where they were at the time?

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