Sunday, 16 September 2012

Ekumbo lands a plum post in the African Swimming Association

By Fred Maingi
Kenya Swimming Federation (KSF) Chairman Ben Ekumbo has been elected
to serve as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Confederation of
African Swimming Associations (CANA).
Ekumbo’s election is a big boost for the East Africa region arguably
the weakest of the four zones. Zone three draws members from Burundi,
Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and
Ekumbo, a long serving continental member was the only candidate vying
for the post formerly held by South African Sam Ramsamy who opted for
continental body's presidency.
However, Ramsamy was elected the president after beating International
Swimming Federation (FINA) Legal Commission chairman  Nigerian
Olatokunbo Thomas 19-14.
Ramsamy, Ramsamy, a long-serving Sports Administrator who is also the
Vice President of the World Swimming body, FINA and an IOC Member
takes over from long serving CANA President Algerian Mustafa Larfaoui
who opted not to seek re-election.
“This is a big honour for me and for Kenyan swimming,” said an elated
Ekumbo at the conclusion of the CANA General Assembly.
FINA President Julio Maglione who attended the assembly , urged CANA
members to establish a swimming culture in their countries, and
respective zones.
CANA Bureau: President :Sam Ramsamy(South Africa) Vice Presidents:
Habib Rouatbi(Tunisia), Mohammed Diop (Senegal), Donald Rukare(
Uganda), Lino Candido Laurenco(Angola)Secretary/Treasurer: Ben
Ekumbo,Members: Fatayi-Williams Babatunde(Nigeria) Samuel Kinimba
(Rwanda), Doreen Tiborcz(Mauritius), Dr.Afane Zaza(Algeria) Honorary
life members:Aish Salim Jeneby(Kenya) Mustapha Larfaoui(Algeria).

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