Posted: Monday, November 15, 2021. 11:08 am CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Hilly Martinez was returned as president of Belize Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (BOCGA) in elections held on Saturday. This is Martinez’ third term in office as he was previously elected as president in 2013 and 2017. Before that he was the BOCGA Secretary-General.
Other members of the Executive are Vice President – Giovanni Alamilla (triathlon), Secretary-General – Allan Sharp (volleyball), Treasurer – Arturo ‘Tux’ Vasquez (table tennis), and Committee Members – Orson Butler (cycling), Kaya Cattouse (triathlon), and Sharon Hardwick sailing.
Owen “Sonny” Meighan was appointed honorary member of BOCGA. During the last period from 2017 to present he was the vice president and has been at BOCGA for a lifetime.
The election for Assistant Secretary-General between karate’s voting Herman Pastor and football’s Ian Jones was tied at 8-8 three times, so the election was suspended until next year’s annual general meeting. In the meantime, the Executive will appoint someone to act in that position.
Nineteen Belizean national federations are members of the Belize Olympic Committee. Seventeen were present at the AGM on Saturday but judo could not vote because they didn’t present their letter of good standing from their international federation. Boxing wasn’t present as they also didn’t submit a letter of good standing from their international federation.
BOGCA is the National Olympic Committee that represents Belize in the International Olympic Committee. As such, it is also the organization that is responsible for Belize’s representation at the Olympic Games.
BOGCA was founded in 1968 and was recognized by the IOC that same year.
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