Association in limbo after no one runs for chairman

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 January, 2007, 12:00am

The Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association has been left without a leader after no one stepped forward for the post of chairman, including incumbent William Ko Wai-lim.

'The association is without a chairman,' said executive director Anita Yiu Soo-han. 'No nomination was submitted before our annual meeting [last week] and therefore no chairman was elected.'

Ko, who has held the position for more than 20 years, was not available for comment yesterday as he was out of town.

Yiu said whoever wanted the post had to be nominated by a member club and then seconded by another before an election could be held. 'We do not know whether he [Ko] has refused to be nominated, or no club has nominated him or if he has been nominated but not seconded,' she said.

There are 17 clubs in the HKAAA that have voting rights. One club representative was not surprised to see no nomination for the post. 'This is not the first time that this has happened,' said the representative, who asked not to be named. 'What will happen now is that the HKAAA's executive committee will meet and then ask Ko to take up the job again and eventually he [Ko] will be there for another two years.'

Silas Chiang Tak-cheung, one of the four vice-chairmen of the association and a member of the executive committee, said Ko had refused to be nominated, but declined to say why. 'Maybe he thinks he has had enough after all these years,' he said.

Chiang said the HKAAA had already called an emergency executive committee meeting next week to decide the next step to be taken as the association needed a chairman as soon as possible to deal with the large number of competitions it organises each year.

'The chairman's job is a voluntary one, but it requires a lot of time and commitment, and knowledge of the sport. It is therefore no easy job,' said Chiang.