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Baudinet sacked by CISNOC board

Saturday 29 October 2011 | Published in Regional

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It appears Brian Baudinet has been sacked from the All Sports Commission of CISNOC, in what looks like an attempt to weed out the organisations outspoken members.

Baudinet received a letter via email on Thursday afternoon from Sir Geoffrey Henry president of the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC).

The letter states that during a meeting of CISNOCs executive board on Monday, a policy review was conducted and established in relation to the representation of national federations on the commission.

This has resulted in your (Baudinet) being replaced by a representative of the Cook Islands Canoeing Association. The new national federation representatives will hold their posts for a year.

After which nominations will be called from national federations which have not had the opportunity to be involved in the work of the All Sports Commission, the letter states.

Baudinet is now in Auckland and unavailable for comment, but in an email to the Cook Islands News he claims to have been completely unaware that his position as a representative was in jeopardy.

Baudinet was the CISNOC representative of Tennis Cook Islands, and has worked for decades for the betterment of sports.

He has often challenged Sir Geoffrey and CISNOCs executives about organisational issues and just last week put his support behind a petition for the calling of a special general meeting.

Baudinet and the leaders of 11 other national sports federations have circulated an agenda for the November 8 meeting, which has yet to be confirmed by CISNOCs executive.

The agenda calls for all existing CISNOC executives to resign.

On Thursday, just before receiving Sir Geoffreys emailed letter, Baudinet also co-signed a letter to the organisations president with Tennis Cook Islands president Madeilene Sword.

The letter to Sir Geoffrey explained that the calling of a special general meeting and its agenda items have nothing to do with personal issues.

In his letter of termination to Baudinet, Sir Geoffrey states: This is to advise you that at the CISNOC Executive Board meeting held on Monday October 24, a policy review of the representation of National Federations on the All Sports Commission was conducted and established. This has resulted in your being replaced by a representative of the Cook Islands Canoeing Association. The new National Federation representatives will hold their posts for a year. After which nominations will be called from National Federations which have not had the opportunity to be involved in the work of the All Sports Commission.

Sir Geoffrey said Baudinets replacement will be effective forthwith.

I, on behalf of the executive board, would like to thank you for your voluntary contribution to the ongoing work of CISNOC in the promotion and development of sports throughout our beloved nation. Yours in the Wonderful World of Sports, Sir Geoffrey Henry KBE.

Sir Geoffrey could not be contacted for comment yesterday by CINews or his own CISNOC staff. CISNOC secretary general Rosie Blake was also not answering her cellphone.

Executives met on Thursday afternoon to finish their meeting which began on Monday.

Sir Geoffrey promised to publicly announce whether the November 8 meeting was going ahead yesterday, following the executives meeting, but it remains unclear.

Also in doubt is whether any other federation representatives on the All Sports Commission have been notified of their immediate replacement.

The board has power to appoint representatives.

Whatever the case, executives are fast approaching the deadline for announcement of a special general meeting on November 8.

The board must notify all members of a meeting at least seven days prior.