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Former Sports Council Director Ian Jones: “I didn’t want to sue the National Sports Council”

Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2021. 6:11 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Attorneys for former Director of the National Sports Council (NSC) Ian Jones, have given the council seven days to reply to his request for clarification regarding compensation owed to him following his termination in November 2020; a legal situation which Jones says he wanted to avoid.

Speaking to our newsroom today, Jones said he was willing to accept his termination at the council, despite the circumstances, if the NSC had paid him his due compensation (over $118,000) for breaching his two-year contract, which was set to expire in May of 2022.

“I feel disheartened to the fact that I have to sue Sports Council…but I have to do it. Not because of the money or because of me, but because at some point someone has to put their foot down to make the point that political victimization is not right,” Jones said. “The Constitution of Belize, Section 16 to be exact, protects us from such.”

Jones says that his contract was renewed in July of 2020, due to COVID-19 lockdowns, but he was asked to leave in November, shortly after the new administration took office. He notes that he was told that the council would be getting back to him regarding his compensation but, to date, has not done so. He went on to say that he has proof that his termination was strictly political.


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