VETERAN sports administrator Edgar Rodgers has been expelled from the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) because of Zimbabwe’s withdrawal from the club of Commonwealth countries.
Rodgers was the regional vice-president for Africa, a very influential position at the powerful sports body.
IndependentSport has established through highly-placed sources that a CGF meeting in Australia last month heard complaints from African countries concerning their representation by Rodgers when Zimbabwe is no longer a member of the Commonwealth.
Rodgers yesterday professed ignorance of his expulsion.
“That is not true. I am still a member of the Federation,” he said. “The assumption by some people is that since Zimbabwe withdrew from the Commonwealth, my position also falls by. But the truth is that I don’t represent Zimbabwe since Africa elected me. I am actually preparing to go for an executive meeting in Greece next month.”
He showed this paper documents to prove that he attended the meeting in Australia and that he would also be in Greece for a pre-Olympic meeting where Commonwealth countries from Africa will meet on the sidelines.
It however emerged yesterday that the meeting Rodgers intends to attend will include on the agenda the election of his replacement.
Mike Ferrel, the president of the CGF, recently wrote to all African countries stating: “In view of Zimbabwe’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth and in view of Edgar Rodgers’ position, the executive committee has decided to call this meeting to solve the matter.”
Sources said Patrick Chaminda, president of the Zambian Olympic Games Association, was tipped to take over Rodgers’ position at the meeting.
President Robert Mugabe pulled Zimbabwe out of the Commonwealth late last year after the club of mainly former British colonies upheld suspension of the southern African country.
Another Zimbabwean veteran sports administrator, Tommy Sithole, resigned from the CGF soon after Mugabe’s emotional decision. It is understood that Rodgers refused to take advice against remaining in the CGF.