A delegation from the Gambia Weightlifting, Powerlifting and Bodybuilding Association (GWPBA) is expected to travel to Turkey soon, where they will meet their counterparts from the European country to discuss bilateral relations between the two associations.
This information was revealed to Observer Sports by the president of the association, Musa Koteh, at the closing ceremony of the Sports Leadership Course organised by the Gambia Ministry of Youth and Sports and the visiting Middlesex University team at the Friendship Hostel in Bakau at the weekend.
Koteh said the joined associations that he led in The Gambia are separate institutions in Turkey; and his association will be meeting the heads of all these federations in their efforts to build a good relationship between the different associations. He revealed that among the issues that they will discuss will be bilateral relationships in exchange training programmes, assistance, training of athletes, coaches as well as equipment amongst others.
Koteh further revealed that his first contact with the Turkish federation was when they met at the 2012 Islamic Games in Damam in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia when the partnership was first signed. "When we first met in Saudi Arabia, we discussed many issues and I also discussed with them that we as an association choose a country to visit every year and build a relationship with them and this year my team will be visiting Turkey. Turkey has good athletes and I want my team to look like them," he added.
When asked when they will be leaving for Turkey, Koteh replied that it can be anytime soon as they had already made their submissions at the Turkish Embassy in Banjul last week and waiting for the clearance to travel.