Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tunku Imran Says Will Defend CGF Presidency

KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 (Bernama) -- Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja'afar said he will defend his post at the body's general assembly scheduled for September in Auckland, New Zealand.

Having won the post uncontested in 2011, succeeding Jamaica's Michael Fennell, he will likely face a challenge for the post, including from current honorary-secretary Louise Martin of Scotland who haS declared her intention to do so.

Tunku Imran said he has much unfinished work in the organisation and welcomed any challenge.

"We have undertaken a lot of reforms in the CGF with a new strategic plan... having started the process and completed the first phase of getting everything approved and moving, I now want see through the implementation process," he told reporters here today.

Tunku Imran, who has been Olympic Council of Malaysia president since 1998 and a member of the International Olympic Committee since 2006, was CGF vice -president for eight years before becoming president.

Martin, the vice-chair of the organising committee for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, announced her intention to compete for the CGF presidency a few days ago.

She has indicated that the quest for the top post was based on personal reasons rather than seeking to remove Tunku Imran.

With a membership of 71 countries, the CGF is responsible for the direction and control of the quadrennial Commonwealth Games.

-- BERNAMA

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