The Presidents of The Gambia and German Weightlifting Associations, Musa Koteh and Dr. Christian Baumgartner, last month signed a Memorandum of Understanding that would enhance the working relationships of the two associations. The signing ceremony took place in the German city of Heidelberg.
After the signing ceremony, the Gambia Weightlifting Association (GWA) President, Koteh, also attended the German senior category Weightlifting Championship held on the 20th April 2013 in the city of Obrigheim. The event, that brought together the three best clubs in the country, was organized by the Sport Club SV Germania, Obrigheim. The championship was also attended by Dr. Achim Brötel, head of the district authority (County Commissioner), Roland Lauer, Mayor of the city of Obrigheim, Carolin Döll, President of the Sport Club SV Germania Obrigheim and Dr. Christian Baumgartner, President of the German Weightlifting association (BVDG). The competition was also honored by the presence of the State Minister for Culture, Youth and Sport, Andreas Stoch, of the big South-West state of Germany.
As part of the agreement, both federations have decided to work on joint actions with the objective to start and implement a cooperation in the area of sports development. The MOU which was also seen by Observer Sports states that joint activities will be carried out under the following premises:
That both federations are the only federation recognized by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) as official member for their country; both federations work in their respective country for the development of Weightlifting in the most and absolute respect of sports ethics; (that) the fight against all forms of doping is a priority of both federations; and the recruitment and development of young competitors is prioritized by both federations as well.
As part of the partnership, the BVDG and GWF have also decided to implement joint actions in order to develop weightlifting practices of all kinds; fight against doping and violence; initiate concrete actions (exchange programs); and develop training camp structures together in order to train the coaches and to encourage the youth/children to practice on a high level.
Both associations have also agreed that in order to realize the above mentioned actions, they will try to register this partnership in their respective National Olympic Committees (NOC's) within their score to have their official support; will try to find programs and funds by their respective NOC and Ministries; and will establish a working group with members appointed by the presidents.