By Cherno Omar Bobb
The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) on Saturday held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Paradise Suites Hotel, in fulfillment of GNOC’s constitutional requirement to annually hold AGMs.
Addressing the gathering, Dodou ‘Capi’ Joof, president of the GNOC commended the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for their support and solidarity. He stated that the Covid-19 resulted to lock down and restrictions which resulted to some of their planned activities not taking place. However, he said they will continue to work closely with IOC on matters of sports development and education as well as promoting the core values of the Olympic Movement and agenda.
He also commended all their partners for their support over the years whilst also thanking stakeholders and President Adama Barrow for their contribution towards the development of Gambian sports.
Joof called on sports stakeholders to fight doping, match fixing, illegal betting, sexual harassment and other negative aspects of sports. He went on to express his office’s willingness to continue supporting national sports associations in their drive to attain excellence and sustainability.
Abdoulie Jallow, secretary general of GNOC in presenting his report began by apologizing for the delayed AGM that were initially programmed for late 2019 and early 2020.
He highlighted that GNOC has taken all opportunities available to present athletes for Olympic qualifications, adding that they will continue to work with stakeholders in promoting and developing sports in The Gambia. He stated that GNOC understands the financial challenges faced by National Associations/federation, adding that there are a few who receive financial grants from their international federations but the majority of national federations do not have the financial resources for their activities.
The GNOC, he went on will continue to build capacity of its stakeholders as they continue to engage their partners for support.
“We will continue to make available the IOC’s Executive Masters in Sports Management (MEMOS) and other administrative programs both nationally and internationally,” he said.
He noted that the results achieved during the periods under review have been exceptional and therefore congratulated and thanked athletes and their coaches for putting the time, effort and dedication to represent their country.
Jallow expressed the hope that they will continue to be role models to others and that they will continue to strive for excellence.
Marcel Mendy, executive secretary of the National Sports Council said recently they have witnessed some sports bodies wanting to operate according to their wills and not based on laid down rules and regulations. He described the move as unacceptable and said his office will not allow such to happen. He encouraged all sporting bodies in the country to maintain high level of good governance in their operations. He stated that sports is expected to find solutions to our problems and not be a dividing factor.
The Gambia National Olympic Committee is the supreme authority of the Olympic Movement in The Gambia and its role is to ensure the regular celebration of the Olympic Games, support all the organisations affiliated to the Olympic Movement and encourage the promotion of the Olympic values.