Wednesday, October 4

Sport Council pays courtesy call to National Olympic Committee

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By Arfang M.S. Camara

The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), on Thursday met with officials from the Gambia National Sport Council at the Committee’s headquarters in Bakau.

The meeting was meant to familiarise the new NSC chairperson Lamin Jawara to the structures and stakeholders in the wheel of Gambian sport but also to be briefed on the programs and preparations ahead of Commonwealth and Islamic Games this year.

The President of the GNOC, Ms Beatrice Allen welcomed the NSC and thanked them for their foresight, saying that they value their relationship with the government.

She added that they will continue to have a very cordial relationship with the government

“We are ready to cooperate, we are ready to collaborate, and we are ready to intensify and synergize our efforts to manage and develop sport in the country,” Ms Allen opined.

She went on to call for the full cooperation of the government to achieve their objectives, while expressing hope of greater and better cooperation to achieve many accomplishments.

For his part, Marcel Mendy, executive director, NSC, thanked the National Olympic Committee for the continuous development of sports and athletes.

“If we weld our efforts together and push hard we can/will register so much greatness in our sport,” Mendy stated.

Speaking at the meeting, the chairperson of National Sport Council Mr Lamin Jawara said the ultimate objective of NSC is to strengthen the already existing relationship between the two authorities.

“We want to ensure that all the National Sport Associations are vibrant and proactive, that would be the best way to get results and that has to be spearheaded by the two of us (GNOC and NSC),” Jawara concluded.

The 2nd Vice president Mr Ousman Wadda, board member Pa Assan Sylva and the Secretary General Yorro Njie of GNOC all reiterated similar comments.