As part of their contribution towards the development of sport in the country, the German Olympic Sports Committee yesterday donated sporting equipment to sixty-one (61) schools across the country.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony held at the Region one office in Kanifing, representative of the German Ambassador to The Gambia, Madam Anita Martin, said she was delighted to present sporting equipment worth over seven hundred thousand dalasis to sixty-one (61) schools in the country.
According to Madam Martin, they also trained 71 PE teachers across the country and expressed their readiness in supporting Gambian schools, with the optimism that the gesture would go a long way in promoting and developing sport in the country.
Malang Jassey, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, expressed appreciation to the donors for their tremendous gesture towards schools in the country.
Jassey advised the beneficiaries to make best of the donated sporting equipment from the German Olympic Sports Committee, adding that the donation would aid schools to promote and develop sport in the country.
The executive director of the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), Lawrence Bruce, thanked the German Olympic Sports Committee for their benevolent gesture and challenged the physical education teachers to promote sports in their respective Schools.
Bruce, who expressed his disappointment with The Gambia in international competitions, said only two athletes are expected to represent the Gambia in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
Mr Bruce advised PE teachers to redouble their efforts to nurture talented boys and girls who will represent The Gambia in the next Olympic Games.
He seized the opportunity to urge the beneficiaries to utilize the sporting materials into good use and continue to promote sport in their respective schools to produce good players.
The executive secretary of the National Sports Council (NSC), Mamudou Max Jallow, said that in 2010 the German cooperation trained 71 PE teachers in the country, adding that German Ambassador Madam Martin was the main initiator of that training.
Jallow hailed the donors for their laudable gesture, saying the sporting equipment would help the schools in their drive to promote and nurture talents.
Other speakers at the presentation were Mr Sisaho from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education and the Secretary General of Lower Basic School Sports Association, Abdoukarim Sey. Both expressed similar sentiments.