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Cycling Federation responds to Cano’s concerns

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Late this evening the Cycling Federation of Belize responded to Tarique Cano through its attorney, Bryan Neal. According to the letter, Cano is quote, “not a registered member of the Cycling Federation of Belize since he has not completed the required process”. End of quote. Other than threatening Cano with a lawsuit if he defames the Federation, the letter points out that quote, “The National Sports Council is the only authorized licensing body for Sports in Belize and they presently have in their possession the documents regarding the ratification of the Constitution.” End of quote. The letter also addressed Cano’s concerns of the Federation’s financial records not being available. It states that an Annual Financial report of the Federation has been sent via email to its members as well as to the National Sports Council as a part of the annual licensing process. Vice President of the Federation Orson Butler spoke to Love News.

Orson Butler, VP, Cycling Federation of Belize

“The election is every four years, it’s mandated every four years. It’s before our time it was set to four years. However the cycling federation at that time, the election was done by zone; however in our four year term the zoning is non functionable. The Belize City base has been running all the events for the past four years, so what the cycling federation has done is that they called a special general meeting in the end of November where we ratify and resolve our constitution, change the constitution from those original body and have one body control the cycling here in Belize. That was sent to Sports Council on the 5th of December and we are still waiting for confirmation that the amendment is registered at the Sports Council before we can call an election so that is why we have not called an election as yet.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love News Reporter

“Was quorum met to validate the amendment to the constitution?”

Orson Butler, VP, Cycling Federation of Belize

“Quorum has been met for validating that constitution. We have a resolution that all the teams that were present, it was actually signed by the team managers and that was also forwarded to the National Sports Council.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love News Reporter

“In terms of the Federation’s Financial records, Mr.Cano says that he has issues with accessing these financial records.”

Orson Butler, VP, Cycling Federation of Belize

 “Well I’ll tell you I’m not sure if Mr. Cano is playing games or what but I am the one that controls, I do the secretarial work and also I am the Vice President for the federation. Every year we send out financials to all the member’s emails and it’s not my duty to tell you to read your email – you need to check your emails every now and again to see what exactly the Cycling Federation has been sending out.”

Hipolito Novelo, Love News Reporter

“The financial records are sent to all members?”

Orson Butler, VP, Cycling Federation of Belize

“All the members that are registered under the federation. If you are not a registered member in 2016 or 2017 you won’t get our financial report; you have to be a registered member of that year to receive any financials for the Cycling Federation.”

Butler also responded to Hao Cheng Lee’s concern of being ineligible to run in the elections. Butler says that Cano and Lee are not eligible to run because they are not a part of the Federation.

Orson Butler, VP, Cycling Federation of Belize

From our resolution that we had on the 30th of November, it was stated in the resolution when we had the resolution to the constitution. It was stated that the membership of 2017 would be used to hold this election and if you look at the membership for 2017. Mr. Hoa Cheng Lee is not a member of the Federation. Mr. Cano is a member of theFederationn for 2017 however he is not a member of the federation 2018. That’s how the rules and the regulations goes. If you are not a member you cannot take part in our election and that is my sentiment that I explained directly to Mr. Cano. I took to them how you can have members on your body that is not a member of the Federation; that cannot work. Being the courteous person I am I called Mr. Hoa Cheng because he is a good guy, he is new to the sport, he has a lot of youngsters following him up in Orange Walk and that is good for the sport. I called him personally and I told him “Hoa Cheng I don’t know if you understand the technicalities of a federation and its rules and guidelines.” so I told him “I see Mr. Cano has you on hist slate but you are not a member for 2017 so how is he putting your name on the slate when you are not a member.” and then he said he wasn’t aware of that but this is because I don’t know if Mr. Cano read the constitution or share the constitution to Mr. Hoa Cheng”

Cano and Lee expressed additional concerns with regards to competition and female and youth cyclists. We will have those stories tomorrow.

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