Waiting for results of WMA election; candidate forum worthless
WMA elections for president and others were today in Porto Alegre, and I’m still waiting on results. In the meantime, see how WMA handled its candidates forum. The following is from Masters Mole 2355c: “Monday evening’s WMA Candidate Forum began at 18:00 pm in a building with lots of background noise that made it extremely hard to hear the candidates even with a loudspeaker. Each WMA candidate was given five minutes to talk and then there were two minutes for questions from the audience. There seemed to be about 70-80 in attendance, but not many athletes. Winston Thomas, the current WMA secretary was asked if he thought the election voting in Lahti, Finland in 2009 was fair and by the rules. His response was that it was not a proper question and that the minutes of the 2009 meeting had been adopted in 2011. He did not answer the question. Brian Keaveney, Vice-President of Non-Stadia, and the timekeeper, then stood up and said that he would not allow any Ã¯nappropriate” questions of the candidates.”
My mole continued:
As a result, after President Stan Perkins’ “speech,” no one asked him about elections, WMA finances or anything else. Perkins did say that WMA should have more control over the Championships and not rely so heavily on Local Organizing Committees. It seemed apparent that WMA was not interested in having questions about how WMA elections are conducted or how the finances are being handled.