By Cherno Omar Bobb
The Minister of Youth and Sports Bakary Y. Badjie and the members of the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) on Wednesday 4th August 2021 paid a courtesy call to Jérôme Poivey, head of the Institutional Relations and Governance in the National Olympics Committees (NOC) Relations Department at the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Mr Poivey briefed the minister about the IOC and expressed the need for the government and the NOC to collaborate in the best interest of the athletes.
He added that his office expected the GNOC to go to elections before the end of the year.
Minister Badjie expressed his appreciation to Jerome and the Olympic Solidarity for the support they have been giving to GNOC.He expressed the need for more assistance especially in the area of infrastructure and technical support and training.
The minister also asked that more consideration be given for athlete scholarship to the high performance centers. He informed Mr. Jerome of his ministry’s willingness to work with the GNOC but expressed the need for the members of the NOC to be exposed more on the Olympic Charter and the GNOC Constitution. This he believes would help avoid unnecessary misunderstanding by the stakeholders of the NOC.
Mr Jerome confirmed that the GNOC can look at the Olympafrica for infrastructural development and it was agreed that the GNOC and the Ministry will look at the modalities of this upon their return.