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Waterpolo Clubs fire back at D’Amato… Sirens, Mscala, San Giljan do not sign statement

Posted By Sportinmalta On November 25, 2010 @ 12:08 am In Featured,Waterpolo | 14 Comments

Otters ASC,  Sliema  ASC, Neptunes  WPSC, Exiles ASC, Ta Xbiex ASC, and Club  IASIS have sent the below statement to the local press to rebut once again Remy D’Amato’s explanations which were first published in the media prior to his official resignation from the post of General Secretary of the ASA.

It is understood that the Clubs above, together with ex ASA President Robbie Ebejer, have opted to send in a Press statement rather than facing the media in a Press Conference which was originally called for what could have been an uneasy situation for some individuals who would have been faced with direct questions from the editor of this website and other journalists that have followed the ASA’s administration issue so far.

Sirens, San Giljan, Marsaxlokk and Marsascala opted not to be participant in this statement.

Entire Clubs’ Statement below:

Statement by proponents of vote of no confidence in the ASA General Secretary in answer to his email dated Monday 15th November 2010.

Reference is made to the above mentioned email that the ASA’s General Secretary Remy Damato circularized to the association’s membership just a few hours after having decisively lost a no confidence vote during an EGM called for the purpose by a significant number of participating waterpolo and swimming clubs.

The title of Mr Damato’s lengthy mail – L-Ahhar Kapitlu (The last chapter) would have led one to believe that this, in effect, constituted an admission of his defeat and announcement of his resignation. Alas, subsequent events have proved this assumption incorrect as only during the ASA Council meeting held on Monday, did the ASA receive a confirmation that Mr. Damato had resigned from his post. His  mail therefore, is to be viewed as nothing else but an attempt to ‘justify’ his actions over the past year by shifting the blame for their disastrous consequences onto all and sundry. These include his colleagues on the ASA Executive, the administrative secretary, the ex President of the association, the President of Neptunes WPSC and the Association’s Council members.

The serious and often unfounded accusations made against various individuals included in the above list will, most probably be answered by these individuals themselves during the forthcoming ASA Annual General Meeting, and this statement will restrict itself to answering the generic accusations launched by Mr. Damato as well as the incidents that characterized the just ended waterpolo season.

Riflessjoni personali,

Mr Damato states that it was a very difficult year, as the association in general and himself in particular were undermined by the constant spreading of false and malicious rumours by persons with hidden agendas. He also stated that this sabotage hampered the fruition of the new vision planned for the association by the new administration. Be that as it may, one would have expected Mr. Damato to substantiate his accusations with facts and names rather than resorting to simple innuendo. In the absence of this, one cannot but describe his theories as anything other than suspicions.

Il-kaz Ta Xbiex

In this incident, probably the single most damning one that highlighted his utter ignorance of the competition rules Mr Damato incredibly laid the blame for his debacle at the ex president’s door.

Robbie Ebejer still strong at ASA

Robbie Ebejer, still strong at ASA

He stated that Mr. Ebejer did not lift a finger to try and avoid the incident.

One asks, who’s responsibility was it to provide Ta Xbiex and their opponents Otters with the proper information as to the rules governing the number of foreign players eligible to participate in games? The answer is obvious.

The truth of the matter is that Mr. D’Amato had failed to enter into the rule book such an important and delicate decision taken at a previous AGM regarding this issue and that when he quoted the rules he did so with the outdated ones. How’s that for efficiency and preparedness?

As the saying goes, to err is human but to persist in error is diabolical. Mr D’Amato continued to persist in insisting his initial interpretation was the right one even when faced by numbers of Council members who gave the correct version of the rules.

Il-kaz ta’ San Giljan.

Here Mr D’Amato again tries to lay the blame for another shambles at everyone’s door except his own.

Nobody disputes the fact that it is any club’s responsibility to ensure that the players they field are eligible to do so. However in this case a situation arose where during a Protest Board hearing on a Saturday involving the eligibility of a San Giljan Age group player, the General Secretary was unable to find the registration when it was requested by the Board members and, wonder of wonders, this same player was in possession of his Player ID card in a game on the following Monday.  Another example of Mr. D’Amato’s fabled efficiency perhaps?

Mr. D’Amato berates clubs for submitting loads of players registration forms late in the day thus putting undue pressure on the administration. Perhaps, if he had made better use of the secretarial resource given him instead of completely sidelining her as he did, or adopt the same system when the Executive of the previous administration had authorized him to employ his own son so as to issue the ASA ID Cards in time and in conformity with the existing rules, this issue could have been solved.

As for the administrative secretary’s alleged lack of performance, Mr. D’Amato claims that she was never visible on the pool deck during games. How could she when on the occasion she ventured there during games he arrogantly refused her offer of assistance. Response to the other unwarranted accusations made in the administrative secretary’s regard had best be left to her to answer.

Referees’ appointments

For a person who regularly denied ever having a hand in referees’ appointments Mr. D’Amato certainly did not give this impression in his e mail.

In one breath he states that he rarely was involved in these selections (ftit li xejn indhalt) whilst in the very next sentence he affirms that together with the President he had already decided on who the referee for the KO Final this year would be.

Referees’ appointments are not the secretary’s domain, and should never be, much as Mr. D’Amato’s control driven character would like us to believe. Most Probably the person responsible for the referee’s appointments will also have the opportunity to inform the AGM if Mr. D’Amato did in fact interfere with his duty.

Overseas travel

If any further proof was ever needed of the ex Secretary’s (perhaps not solely) irresponsible behaviour this is amply shown by the cavalier approach used with regard to the utilization of the association’s meager financial resources.

Was it really necessary for two persons to attend the draws for the European Waterpolo Championship Qualifiers earlier in the year ?

Was it necessary to spend so much money for two people to travel to the other end of the world – Uruguay – to attend the FINA 1st World Aquatic Convention .

According to the ex secretary the purpose of the visit was to :-

- Lobby for the Malta hosting of the second world convention (doubtful at best and certainly no money spinner for the Association)

- Meet with watersport equipment manufacturers with regard to ASA needs (Has the ex secretary yet heard of Internet communication ?)

- Hear of other countries’ experiences to be able to utilize them in Malta (Unbelievable).

Mr. D’Amato had led the executive to believe that his whole jaunt to Uruguay would have been sponsored, however the sponsor was never mentioned. The end result was that the association forked out circa euros 5,000 with only U$ 1,300 being eventually recovered from FINA.

And then Mr. Damato has the gall to state that not enough budget was available for the full expense of the national U/19 side’s participation in the Cyprus tournament.  A real case of mistaken priorities if not outright mismanagement.

It-Torca article

The ex secretary tries to give the impression that unnamed conspirators were the cause behind the resignation of ex President Sammut. Mr. D’Amato fails to reveal that it was his incompetence and arrogance that led the majority of the association’s members to insist (on numerous occasions) with the ex president to take drastic action in his regard, to prevent further damage to the association’s already sorry image.

That the ex president failed to see the writing on the wall but continued to defend his secretary’s indefensible position can hardly be blamed on these so called ‘conspirators’.

The truth of the matter is that for all Mr. D’Amato’s self declared undying support for the ex president, it appears that he was already sounding out potential successors to the Presidency before Austin Sammut tendered his resignation.  A case of crocodile tears if ever there was one.

The ex secretary would have everyone believe that the whole affair was orchestrated by Mr. Robbie Ebejer in a bid for him to return to the Presidency. He knew as much as we did that someone else was interested in the post of presidency, and that Mr. Ebejer had publicly made it clear that he was not interested, but was prepared to help the Association at any time. Seeing as his was not among the nominations submitted for election to this post even this fanciful assumption has now been laid to rest.

Mr. D’Amato’s lengthy e-mail begs the question as to whether it is possible that all those members who expressed their disapproval in his tenure are wrong or being led by the nose in all of this?. Can it be that all of them are in the wrong and that it is only he who is right?

To conclude, it is indeed pathetic to note that despite the overwhelming evidence of the association’s members lack of confidence in his regard, Mr. D’Amato still refused to accept reality and do the honourable thing by resigning with the announcement of the vote taken. On the contrary he wrote “for the information of everybody, contrary to in-Nazzjon headlines, I have not yet resigned”

This has left the proponents of the original motion with no other option but to request the Acting President to include ‘The removal of Gen. Secretary’ on the Agenda of last Monday’s Council Meeting.

Otters ASC;  Sliema   ASC; Neptunes  WPSC; Exiles   ASC; Ta Xbiex  ASC;  IASIS;


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