Troubled Ghana Olympic body elects new president
Saturday, October 29, 2011
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- Former African triple jump champion Francis Dodoo was named the new president of the troubled Ghana Olympic Committee on Sunday following an election process marred by claims of fraud and watched over by armed guards.
The 51-year-old Dodoo, who competed at the 1992 and '96 Olympic Games, has pledged to bring stability to the GOC after Ghana was suspended from the International Olympic Committee for seven months earlier this year because of government interference.
But soon after Dodoo won the election, Frank Appiah -- who was voted out as first vice president -- told The Associated Press he would protest to the IOC, saying the vote was "not properly conducted" and held when some of the candidates had left the congress venue.