An eleven-day boxing technical course for coaches wrapped up at the weekend at the Friendship Hotel in Bakau. The course was organised by The Gambia National Olympic Committee in collaboration with the Olympic Solidarity and the International Boxing Federation (AIBA).
Speaking at the closing ceremony, representing the minister of Youth and Sports, the executive secretary of the National Sports Council, Mamudou Max Jallow said it was important for associations to organise such courses and hoped that it would be frequent in order to expose them to new things.
Max Jallow used the opportunity to congratulate the only female participant in the course, Margett Jarjue. He challenged the boxers to make good use of the knowledge gained while adding that they can now boost of talents they will use to defend themselves without using weapons.
Jallow noted the dormancy of the Gambia Boxing Association and pleaded for the association to stand behind acting president Pa Alieu Jallow in order for them to excel.
The acting president of Boxing Association, Pa Alieu Jallow hailed the participants for demonstrating the willingness to learn and challenged them to make good use of what they have learnt and to also impart the knowledge on others when they finally retire from the sport.
Abdalla Halabi, the Lebanon born course director, who is one of the coaches of AIBA, said he was very proud of all the boxers and that he is with the belief that the future of Gambian boxing is bright. According to him, he was sceptical about their capabilities but after few days he started to build confidence in them while adding that with proper training, they can excel.
Momodou Demba, a development officer at The Gambia National Olympic Committee, who also doubles as the course coordinator, informed that from 2013 the International Boxing Federation has decided that no coach will travel with a team without two coaching stars. He said with the level one under their belts, they will get the opportunity to attain the next level.
Ebrima Jallow, one of the participants, giving the vote of thanks commended the GBA, GNOC, Olympic Solidarity and AIBA on behalf of his colleagues for the opportunity accorded them.