BANMI president Tony Rogolifoi said that he will be stepping down and will be calling for an election on Jan. 15 at 5:30pm at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium conference room.
Rogolifoi said his duties as executive director of the Northern Marianas Sports Association is the main reason he decided to give up the BANMI post.
“I have to step down because I’m already swamped with work here at NMSA. We’re going to be busy with the resurfacing of the track and there are other things lined up and I won’t be able to perform my duties as BANMI president with that,” Rogolifoi added.
He’s requesting all BANMI stakeholders, members, and the current officers to attend next week’s meeting and elect new members of the board.
“We want to reorganize BANMI, open the New Year fresh, and give opportunity to others,” said Rogolifoi. “We want to bring in new faces and have a younger group that would steer the organization into the future.”
Rogolifoi said once they elected the new set of directors, members of the board would select among them the president and the other officers of BANMI.
“Once the new president takes over, he can now discuss what events, leagues, and projects BANMI will be organizing for the year,” said Rogolifoi.
“They will have their own agenda so we’re giving them the freehand to discuss them. We’re just here to guide them. We welcome ideas that would help the organization further promote basketball in the CNMI.”
BANMI organizes and sanctions basketball events in the CNMI and forms the national teams that have been competing in various basketball events in the Micronesian and Oceania regions.
They haven’t had a national championship and NMSA is asking all member federations to hold one every year. (Jon Perez)