Debbie Ferguson finally writes a half decent letter and now sounds the possibility of a boycott of World Relay Games by world athletes headed to the Bahamas!
What could she be on these days to incite a boycott of money for the Bahamas? An Open Letter From Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
With the Bahamian Federation in great turmoil, this was penned by one of the country’s great track heroes:
As an athlete representative with the privilege of sitting on the BAAA executive board, I wish to express the dismay of Bahamian Athletes on the plight of the Federation. Many athletes have been voicing their concerns and anger over the abuse of power by certain members of the executive board. This entire process has surpassed the height of ridiculousness.
Many athletes have expressed their support for Mr. Carl Oliver, Mr. Iram Lewis, and Mr. Harrison Petty. The discussions are preliminary but have been leaning towards a possible boycott of the World Relays by key athletes (possibly all athletes) if this illegal nonsense and victimization is not rectified and rightful governance is not restored.
In addition we have many athletes in our region who will also support us in this effort to eradicate Member Federations who are not abiding by the IAAF code.
I wrote a letter to all the Executives including Minister Johnson in the beginning of August 2013 applauding everyone for putting all this nonsense behind us…and yet a year wasted and we are still here.
We employ the President to cease this unnecessary course of action so as to move forward with plans for not only the logistical running of the World Relay Meeting, but also the formalization of an action plan as it relates to relay preparation, practice venues, talent identification, and athletes scheduling so as to not be hindered by professional obligations that once contracted are impossible to break without legal ramifications.
Our focus need to be on preparing our athletes to DOMINATE at HOME. There is no way I am allowing guests into my home with the federation fussing like idiots about all the wrong concerns and in addition giving our rivals the upper hand from lack of preparation of Bahamian athletes. We need to PREPARE the athletes to WIN. Dominate at home while showing our guest an awesome stay.
The IAAF needs to know what is happening in our federation and how dysfunctional it is because of dictatorship and or personal agendas. Mr President I was bless to attend the IAAF event On November 18, 2013, on behalf of the IAAF in Monte Carlo Monaco. Dubiously Everyone was surprise to see me at the function.
However, Minister Johnson was quite pleasant and courteous in his conversations likewise for Mr Parker, Ms Davis Thompson, Mr Greg Rolle and others. With the exception for you sir. It is my opinion due to your personal agendas and personal vendettas that you are unable to see pass the purpose for what your were voted in as the BAAA president.
Not liking me sir is one issue but don’t forget your manners. I said hello to you and thank you Lord, if looks can kill, I would be dead right now. Personally I am not offended but unhappy if this is what the representation of our country and athletes is….then I am not satiated and terribly mortified. Please do not make this personal as it is not about you sir and never will be.
Someone states “try not to put the world relays being hosted at Jeopardy,” well sir that is a lost cause. The few individuals along with yourself, who are causing the commotion are only interested in Track and Field for what they can milk from it versus being committed to the sports and what it can do for athletes and our country as a whole.
So with these individuals still in place it will continue to be a lost cause and ongoing negative commotion. As athletes we are personally tired and drained from all the negativity and dividedness from all this process. And so we have the biggest voice. Time to speak and fall into action.
This is a call for leadership and relinquishing of personal agenda in order to move the BAAA’s forward. You decide….our action speak louder than words.
March on Bahama Land,
BAAA Athlete Representative
IAAF Athletes Commission