27 February 2013

West Africa: ECOWAS Sports Ministers Parley in Abuja On SCSA Dissolution

Sports Ministers of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Tuesday met in Abuja to discuss the dissolution and restructuring of the sports body.

The ministers and other delegates were from countries belonging to the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) in SCSA zone 2 and 3.

The SCSA was ordered wound down at the last General Assembly on November 9, 2012 in Brazzaville, Congo. As a result, the organization of the All Africa Games has now been passed on to the Association of National Olympics Committees of Africa, (ANOCA) while the Association of African Sports Confederations, (AASC) will oversee the handling of the technical aspects of the event.

The development is a precursor to the Extra Ordinary General Assembly in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire next month, where all the ECOWAS sports ministers, after consulting with their governments, are expected to make available documentation, resolutions and reports regarding the dissolution of the SCSA. They are to come out with a common position before the meeting in Abidjan.

Abuja, the Nigerian capital has been named as permanent secretariat of ANOCA.

Tuesday's meeting also sought for means by which countries in the ECOWAS sub region would improve on their participation in future international sports.

Nigerian Sports Minister Bolaji Abdulahi, described as appalling the performance of ECOWAS nations at the last Olympic Games in London, where no country from the zone won a gold medal.

Life Secretary General of SCSA, Dr Awoture Eleyea and President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) Sani Ndanusa, were among those who attended the meeting.

Nigeria is also billed to host the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sports (CIGEPS) in Abuja on March 5-6. The meeting is to discuss the draft of ministers and senior officials in charge of physical education and sports for the extraordinary session of CIGEPS in Baku, Azerbaijan from March 13-15.

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