Secretary of Athletics Association tenders resignation

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At least one member of the Antigua & Barbuda Athletics Association’s (ABAA) secretariat has tendered his resignation in the wake of what is now being referred to as “email gate”.
The association’s Secretary General, Leslie Williams, submitted his resignation via email on Friday morning, just two days after news broke on OBSERVER Radio that the secretariat had received inquiries from the IAAF on the transfer of allegiance request for Montserrattian-born sprinter, Miguel Francis, months prior to the athlete’s request being approved.
President of the ABAA, Everton Cornelius had expressed disappointment over how the important email was handled by his secretariat, adding that the matter would have been dealt with internally.
Reports suggest, however, that some within the athletics fraternity are still not satisfied and have asked that others, some holding executive positions, should also tender letters of resignation.
News of Francis’ successful transfer broke in early April with British Athletics announcing the 200m specialist was available to run for Great Britain with immediate effect.
Francis is currently a training partner of Usain Bolt and shares coach Glenn Mills. In June 2016, he clocked the world’s seventh fastest 200m time with a personal best of 19.88 seconds.
The Montserratian was due to compete at last summer’s Olympics but had to withdraw due to a hamstring injury.
The sprinter could now compete for Britain if selected at the World Athletics Championships in London this summer.
Francis has represented Antigua & Barbuda at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 World Athletics Championships.

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