UPDATE: Doctrove plans to improve DOC governance and structure in 2nd term as president

DOC president, Billy Doctrove

Re-elected President of the Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC), Billy Doctrove, plans to improve the governance and structure of his team and increase opportunities for athletes nationwide.

Doctrove, a former West Indies elite umpire and FIFA football coach defeated Dr. Barry Casimir 11 votes to 6 in elections held on Thursday December 16, to retain his presidency at DOC for a 2nd term.  Casimir, who served as DOC treasurer, was the only one who contested against Doctrove. Doctrove was voted President in 2017.

The other elected members were DFA vice president, Glen Etienne who was returned as the vice president, Fenella Wenham who also retained her position as general secretary, Netball Association member Korlita Hamilton (new) as assistant secretary and DFA treasurer Dexter Ducreay as the new treasurer of the DOC.

President of the DABA, Peter Rickeets (new), Chester “Daddy Chess” Leteng (new) of the cycling association and former Dominican Olympian, Woody Lawrence, were elected as committee members.

During an interview with DNO, the president announced that this will be his last term as president and said he felt proud and humbled to have been given the trust and confidence of the membership. He described his team as a “very good” one and said they are looking forward to build on a solid base which was put in place over the past 4 and a half years to benefit the committee and all the athletes of Dominica.

“I have learnt a lot in the past four years. Everything is focused on the athletes to make sure that we increase our support to the association. We want to ensure that our association’s structure and governance is improved,” Doctrove stated.

“We have to ensure that the athletes get opportunity to improve and by improving, we have to get a base especially with our coaches. Last term we spent so much time on training our coaches, so we want to improve the level of our coaches training because sports technology and sports Science is evolving,” he added.

One of the things the DOC president says he wants to accomplish in his second term is the development of an athletes track and despite the setbacks due to COVID-19, he is “really keen to see how the committee can get it done”.

“I’ve spoken to the Prime Minster and I know that he is keen to look into the possibility, because without a track, our athletes will be at a disadvantage. I would like to see in the very near future that the athletics track is put on the front burner,” he stressed.

Doctrove says his administration will also be seeking more opportunities for Dominican athletes to qualify for regional and international competitions, to provide personal caretakers to improve medical care for faster recovery and to pay more attention to preparation which will result in stronger athletes.

He urged athletes to be committed and dedicated, to work hard and not always depend on their coaches to make them fit.

According to Doctrove, currently there is room for improvement but with the skills and talents of new members this will have a positive impact on the committee. He said he has a lot to learn but he believes that DOC is on a firm financial footing which can be used to build the organization.

Doctrove congratulated the DOC executive and its new members and encouraged them to work hard.

The announcement by Dr. Casimir who is president of the Dominica Kayaking and Canoeing Association, of his candidacy for DOC president, generated some controversy particularly with regard to his contention that more could have been done by the DOC and he saw a lot of “gaps” in leadership over the past four years with Doctrove as president.

He said the DOC also failed to take advantage of funding that was available to them.

In response, Doctrove drew attention to the fact that Casimir’s was the treasurer of the DOC for years and had never raised the concerns that he was now advancing.

“I don’t want you to really focus on what Dr. Casimir said because I believe I’m bigger than that and everybody knows that if you are in an organization, you don’t wait four and a half years and wait until nomination night to come out and condemn, the organizations that you’re part of.”

He added that no other member of the executive had ever heard Dr. Casimir make any comment stating that he was displeased with any aspect of his leadership or governance of the DOC.

“I was disturbed by that as well as many people. It just shows that certain person’s lack integrity and ethical Behavior, which those things are very important to me, but obviously not to everybody. I want to move on but it was unfortunate that had to come about but we want to put that behind us, and move forward with the interest of the athletes.”

Doctrove said although he too received “information” on Casmir that he could have published, he choose not to, stating that the members of DOC recognized this as they voted him as president. He said this held a firm ethical footing, sending out a strong message to Casmir to self-reflect.

“This is my last term so next term we will have a new president and I hope that when the time comes for the election that we do not face what we faced over the past weeks because it was not a dignified process,.” He stated.

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  1. Righteous
    December 21, 2021

    Reading this article and the comments of Doctrove lead me to conclude that his 2nd term is going to be more of the same. 4 years is a long time for a learning curve. The DOC has not presented a financial report since 2017. “Last term we spent so much time on training our coaches, so we want to improve the level of our coaches training because sports technology and sports Science is evolving.” What programs is he talking about? He said, “the DOC also failed to take advantage of funding that was available to them.” Really? Why was that so? were they not competent enough to understand the process of accessing the funds or were they to busy liming? I am sure if the people knew some of those things before the general meeting, voting would have been different. Quite frankly the DOC has been a disappointment. I expected much more from Mr. Doctrove who spent 4 years blaming his predecessor for the malfunctioning of the DOC. One and the same.
    #OneLoveDominicans #OLD

  2. December 19, 2021

    Billy it is arrogant men and women like you that will not give younger men and women any opportunity to achieve. You gained a huge salary form the ICC and you quit to do voluntary work? Guess you only wanted to be closer to family for reasons known. You have not done anything of merit to the organization so why did you really want to continue? You should have only handed over to the young man whose vocabulary outperforms you by a million. It seems like you and those you support only intention is to rule and keep on ruling with nothing of merit.

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    • Pipo
      December 20, 2021

      Unless you can convince me that some malarkey went on with the election process I would say Dr. Casimir had the same chance of being elected as Billy Doctrove. And if you think the latter is too old there is much wisdom and experience stored in such a head. There is no age limit for MP.’s, Presidents or even Popes either I believe. It’s not Billy that is running the 100 mts. Is it? Let him do his job and if you can, help him to put Dominica on the sporting map.

  3. Annon
    December 19, 2021

    These fella are old, they like to hold on ţo power, not sophisticated, it’s fine to move on and let younger people take a look and run this as they are more likely to improve the status quo.

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  4. Toto
    December 18, 2021

    Congratulations. I am looking forward to a better future for genuine local athletes, not hired ones and please Dexter, pursue the missing funds to the last penny. Don’t let any Olympic godfather get away with it. Set an example without mercy.

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