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Andy Grech steps down as Athletics Malta president

Andy Grech has decided to step down from his post of Athletics Malta president, the governing body announced in a statement.

Grech had been at the helm of Athletics Malta since March 2020 and under his tenure, the local association has worked hard to improve the sport not only in terms of its athletes’ technical preparation but has also put the governing body on a more solid foundation.

“Athletics Malta announces that its president, Andy Grech, has informed the association’s Council that due to personal and professional reasons, he would be relinquishing his position with immediate effect,” Athletics Malta said in a statement.

“Andy Grech has been at the helm of Athletics Malta for the past three years, throughout which he drove through significant reforms, raising the profile of the sport to new heights. These reforms including a complete rebranding of the association, an unprecedented investment in Malta’s elite athletes which have yielded stronger results even at international level, a detailed five-year plan focusing on a stronger administrative structure, a re-organisation of the management of non-stadia events and the refurbishment and equipping of Malta’s athletics stadium in Marsa.

“While Mr Grech was at the helm of the Association throughout this progression, the results achieved were also possible through a stronger involvement of the Association’s Council, with the majority of present members having been on this journey throughout Grech’s tenure and even longer.

“This fact, together with the devolved management of key operations, including the technical side, ensures that Athletics Malta will be able to continue functioning without disruption in the months ahead.”

The statement said that Athletics Malta is fully focused on supporting the Maltese athletes in their approach towards GSSE 2023, and over the past couple of years, together with their main stakeholders invested heavily in this participation following the creation of a high-performance national team setup.

“Athletes have been supported in participating at regular training camps and competitions abroad, and the technical team in place will continue with its final preparations for this important event,” the statement said.

With the Games of the Small States of Europe just around the corner, Grech has accepted to continue to give his contribution to Athletics Malta on a voluntary basis.

“Conscious of the need to focus on the GSSE objective, Andy Grech accepted the Council’s request to continue supporting the Association on a voluntary basis on matters exclusively related to the preparations for this important sporting event,” Athletics Malta said.

“The council is duly to meet within the time frame specified by the statute to discuss the resignation of the president and to communicate the date for the EGM for the election of the new president. Further information will be published by the association in due course.”

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