14 September 2012

Gambia: GNOC Refelcts on London Olympics, Gives to Sporting Associations

Following the return of the Gambian delegation to the 2012 London Olympic games, the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), Thursday convened a meeting at GNOC building along the Bertil Harding Highway to brief the public on what happened in London, as well as to distribute some sporting materials to national sports associations.

Speaking at the meeting, Peter Prom, secretary general of GNOC took the attendees through the series of meetings they had on the sideline of the Olympics events, which he said were all geared towards the development of Gambian sports. According to him, the meetings with the Olympic Solidarity, Association of National Olypmics Committee (ANOCA), and Japanese Olympic Committee among others were facilitated by Beatrice Allen, 1st vice president of GNOC also an IOC member. He said the meetings were very successful, adding that they will pave brighter future for Gambian sports. He concluded by saluting the two Gambian athletes that represented the country.

On his part, Alhaji Momodou Dibba, president of GNOC, began by thanking Babucarr Camara of Daily Observer and Peter Gomez of West Coast Radio for a job well done in ensuring Gambians were informed on any development that unfolded in London. He said they met with ANOCA on the constitutional review, noting that their concern is the zonal set-up. He said the sporting materials being distributed are outside the London deal that they were able to make, while appealing on the beneficiaries to make best use of the materials, as well to decentralise their activities.

Beatrice Allen, 1st Vice President of GNOC said for the past years they have been going out looking for support and have been getting support through various forms. She said the support is going to associations that the GNOC knows about. "Any time I travel I tried to seek assistance to mobilise equipment for the associations," she stated, while urging the associations to distribute the equipment accordingly.

On his part, Dodou Capi Joof, president of Gambia Athletes Association (GAA), said The Gambia was represented by two athletes who performed very well, noting that there is the need for more competition, encouragement, and exposure for any international competition. He assured that there are more competitions coming, adding that Gambia would like to be represented by more than two atlethes come the 2016 Rio Olympics. He therefore urged sporting associations to be more active and efficient in their work.

The beneficiary associations are; Basketball Association, Athletic Association, Volleyball Association, Handball Association, Wrestling Association, Martial Arts Association, Chess/Draft Association, Olympafrica Centre, and School Sports Association.

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