4 January 2013

Gambia: GNOC President Says 2012 a Success

The president of the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) has described 2012 as a very successful year for the bureau, as they successfully implemented their programmes for the year as mandated.

Momodou Dibba said they were alerted and very much aware of the needs of the national sports associations. He said what they have achieved in the past couple of years was far more than what was done in the previous two decades.

The GNOC boss recalled when the Olympic Committee supported the associations by giving them contributions and paying for their annual subventions and the endless training courses they have given to the different associations in the past year. He further stated that they are also proud of the Women U-17 football team after having paid for expenses to the qualifiers in Sierra Leone ahead of the Azerbaijan World Cup.

According to him, the NOC was also able to work very closely with the Government of The Gambia especially the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council. He also promised to work continuously for the interest of Gambian sports. He hailed the exploits of Suwaibou Sanneh in the London 2012 Olympics as a success for the country and the country's first ever participation at the London Paralympic Games.

Dibba averred that2013 promises to be a brighter year and pledged the NOC's willingness to continue giving the necessary support to the National Sports Associations. According to him, the year 2013 to 2016 will be a very busy period for his institution as it will coincide with the GNOC elective congress with the athletes also getting ready for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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