Poor Hutson!

One cannot help but feel sorry for newly elected president of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Aubrey Hutson who, it seems, has found himself between a rock and a hard place. Hutson earlier this week gave Stabroek Sports a hard-hitting interview  in which he indicated that the AAG that he inherited after he defeated Colin Boyce at last month’s annual general meeting was cash-strapped and in debt.

He also pointed out that the AAG’s financial report for the year 2012 was unaudited and that the AAG stood to face some sort of sanction from the IAAF for not attending an international meet last year.

So far so good. At last! One thought, here was someone willing to shine a light into the darkened corridors of the AAG’s finances and hopefully, the revelations could lead to a more financially secure AAG in the near future.

sportscopeBut lo and behold, Hutson gave another interview in another section of the press where he refuted his own story.
No wonder athletics is in the state it is in.

Good presidents seem hard to come by these days.

After giving a detailed insight into the financial situation of the AAG including giving this newspaper a figure of $454,000 which Hutson said was owed to the Guyana Olympic Association he, (Hutson) apparently had a change of heart and decided that his word was not his bond.
Talk about vacillating.

One can only wonder if a person who gives one media outlet privileged information about an association and then turns around and says in effect that he never said so is the right type of person to lead the AAG at this time.

Hutson it seems, has mastered the art of speaking from both sides of his mouth and the electorate, the clubs that voted him into office by six votes to three, must now be beginning to wonder if the AAG is better off by having Hutson replace Boyce.

In the interview Hutson was specifically asked certain questions including one about the finances of the association.
With respect to the financial report of the AAG, Stabroek Sports quoted Hutson as saying:”The financial report that was submitted is riddled with inaccuracies so we had to throw that out.”
He also told this newspaper that he had to go into his pocket because the AAG was operating as if it had no money.
“Right now we are operating as though we have no money from the AAG because the state that the AAG is in financially is terrible,” Hutson told Stabroek Sports.

He added: “I already had to spend G$50,000 trying to establish a coaching structure because the IAAF has been deducting some of the money that they would send to the AAG for all those years since they did not have a coaching structure.”

He also went on to say that the financial reports have not been audited for some time a view substantiated by none other than newly-elected GOA General Secretary Hector Edwards who told Stabroek Sports that he was unsure if he was still the association’s auditor as he had not been approached to perform that task in more than two years.

Hutson also revealed the following in the interview that (a) the AAG is expected to face sanctions from the IAAF for failing to compete in the South American Youth Championships last October (b) that the President’s/Jefford Track meet was a personal competition for the organizers, Colin Boyce and Edison Jefford (c) that the organizers had changed the name for this year’s event and (d) that the AAG owes travel agents for unpaid airline tickets.

Having given all that information to this newspaper for Hutson to claim in another section of the press that he was “disappointed” over the comments he made and that he does not know the financial situation of the AAG because nothing has officially been handed over makes Hutson look sheepish.
One hopes that whatever he is hoping to achieve by giving conflicting interviews is worth it. For many, I suppose it is confusing.
No sports reporter forces an individual to give an interview you either want to give it or you refuse. It is your right.

And if you are misquoted and the writer (heaven forbid) includes things that you do not say then you have a right to notify the writer and seek a retraction from the media outlet. You should only go to another media outlet if the media outlet in question refuses to do the retraction.

Hutson has a right to be disappointed. But he should be disappointed with himself.
What is sure is that most athletes are probably disappointed with Hutson for failing to stand up for the accountability and transparency he said he would bring to the AAG after he was elected.
As they say so much for that!

Latest in Sports

default placeholder

St Kitts to host CPL final – report

(Trinidad Guardian) St Kitts will host the finals of this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL). After much negotiations with the T&T government, CEO of CPLT20 Damian O’ Donohoe announced Sunday that it was unlikely that the finals would be played in  Trinidad.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors winged out for St Kitts yesterday ahead of the clash against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Thursday as the 2016 Hero CPL T20 Tournament bowls off.

Warriors depart, looking to return as heroes

The Guyana Amazon Warriors on Sunday winged out for St Kitts where they will begin their 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 title pursuit against the home team, the Patriots in game one set for Thursday at Warner Park.

Dynasty sealed- Captain of Sparta Boss outfit Devon Millington collecting the championship trophy from Sports Director Christopher Jones while members of the team and Banks DIH Limited look on.

Sparta still boss of the streets

The traditional Linden versus Georgetown rivalry provided the plot for the solidification of a dynasty as Sparta Boss retained their Guinness of the Streets National Title, defeating Lindeners Team 25 2-0 on Friday.

default placeholder

Slingerz edge Alpha United 1-0 in season finale

It was the changing of the guard as Slingerz FC were crowned the inaugural Guyana Football Federation (GFF) season champions, edging Alpha United 1-0 on Sunday at the Leonora Sports Facility.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi is turning his back on international football following Sunday’s Copa America defeat of Argentina by Chile.

Messi retires from internationals after Chile retain Copa

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey, (Reuters) – Lionel Messi blasted a penalty over the bar in what looks like being his last act in international football as Chile beat Argentina in a shootout to win the Copa America for the second year in a row on Sunday.


Italy break jinx to end Spain’s long European reign

PARIS, (Reuters) – Italy broke a 22-year hoodoo to end Spain’s bid for a record third successive European title with a deserved 2-0 win over familiar foes in an absorbing last 16 clash between the two heavyweights at Euro 2016 yesterday.

Iceland’s victorious players celebrate with their fans after the final whistle.

Iceland stun England with 2-1 win at Euro2016

NICE, France, (Reuters) – Iceland pulled off one of the greatest shocks in European Championship history when they recovered to beat England 2-1 in their last 16 clash yesterday and will now face hosts France in the quarter-finals.

default placeholder

TKR will play tough cricket, warns McCullum

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Big-hitting New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum says Trinbago Knight Riders were bracing for tough opposition but planned to play an “attractive brand of cricket” when the Caribbean Premier League bowled off here tomorrow.


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: