Concord Times (Freetown)

14 November 2012

Sierra Leone: NOC Presents Four-Year Report to Member Associations

The executive committee of the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SL) has over the weekend presented an updated report of their activities for the past four years to its member associations.

Addressing the associations' presidents and their secretaries, the NOC-SL secretary general, Joseph Nyande, said they have made the development of sports infrastructure and sporting associations as their main objective and priority in their strategic plan since they came into office.

Nyande said one of their main objectives was to train coaches for all the national associations and in four years, a technical coaching course was conducted for tennis, cycling, basketball, swimming, fencing, wrestling, and handball for which a host of other associations benefited from.

He said: "We also set up an internet system at the NOC headquarter which helped solve the problems our associations were facing to communicate and be in touch with their international federations. Also the internet system helped us to come up with a website and network development projects."

The NOC-SL scribe further revealed that their desire to enlighten and empower the associations continued with the setting up of the first ever library at the NOC-SL adding that their objective was to provide books, video and other educational materials to be utilized by the associations in their different disciplines.

"We received support from the Olympic solidarity together with other international bodies. Some replied and we did receive some books. The ongoing construction of the Olympiafrica venue was another big drive taken by this executive," Nyande said.

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