The sudden resignation of Charlie George as President of the Grenada Olympic Committee (GOC) has reopened “old wounds” in the corruption-infested organization.
The long-standing sporting administrator tendered his resignation on Tuesday night at about 10. p.m. less than three months after replacing Royston LaHee who served in that capacity for 38 years.
George, La Hee, re-elected General Secretary Veda Bruno-Victor, and past Treasurer, Kingsley Ashby, came under intense scrutiny in the wake of a grant of EC$440, 000.00 that came from an arm of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that remains largely unaccounted for over the past decade.
A high-level source within the organization told THE NEW TODAY that he was not too surprised over the resignation of the President since the election of several new persons in October to serve on the executive would have posed problems for the “old guards” especially the manner in which they have been conducting the business of the organization for years.
He spoke of information coming out of meetings of the Board of Directors that the “old guards” were trying to spend money in the usual manner but that the newly elected Treasurer was pushing for a process that called for greater accountability.
“What am hearing is that apparently, it is business as usual…and spending – how they want to go about it. Some of the new guys say that’s not going to happen. If you are going to give out work from the organization, first of all, you must have a process. So, the new Treasurer who I know very well doesn’t function like that,” he said.
“I don’t know what would have pushed him (Charlie George to resign) but I am hearing that the chemistry is not there. The chemistry of old is not mixing with the chemistry of new. That thing can’t work – the chemistry can’t work – this thing cannot work,” he added.
THE NEW TODAY understands that several persons made last-minute efforts to persuade George on Tuesday night to hold back on his resignation but failed to do so.