CISNOC dismisses secretary general

Wednesday February 28, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
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The board of the Cook Islands National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) has dismissed secretary-general, Robert Graham, following a review of his performance, this month.


An official statement from the board confirming the dismissal is expected next week.

CINews understands Graham’s contract was cut short due to “unsatisfactory performance”. He took up the top job in 2013.

A letter from CISNOC to its members, obtained by this newspaper, said “this is to officially inform you that effective as of February 20, 2018, the secretary general is no longer employed by CISNOC.

“Please direct any and all inquiries to CISNOC sports manager Siniva Marsters (who is still acting secretary general).”

The letter said it will advise members when the appointment of a replacement secretary general was finalised.

Graham was suspended on full pay, following a CISNOC executive board meeting late last month.

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 inquiry is required including a review of Graham’s performance as secretary-general.

The CISNOC board of directors in a statement then said it had decided in the interests of transparency and independence, to suspend the secretary-general on full pay while “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 inquiry,” the statement said.

“The board expects to complete its inquiry 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 inquiries.

            - Rashneel Kumar

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