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Abdoulie Matarr Touray: Receiver of SJAG ‘Contribution to Sports Award’

Sep 12, 2012, 10:16 AM

Abdoulie Matarr Touray was among eight recipients of the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia’s award to people who have invaluably contributed to Gambian sport.

Abdoulie Matarr Touray, affectionately called Baks, played high school, college and national team basketball as well as cricket, volleyball and athletics.

After graduation from university with a Bachelors degree in Economics and Master’s degree in Business Administration, Baks returned home and since sport is his passion, he was elected secretary general of the basketball federation and later as president. The Gambia won the coveted Zone II Basketball tournament during his tenure.

He was elected unopposed as the Secretary General of the Gambia National Olympic Committee from 1987 to 2009 and became Dean of Secretary Generals in Africa.

He has been vice president in Africa of the Commonwealth Games Federation from university in 2006 to date and is currently the Dean of Vice Presidents from the six continents of the Commonwealth.

He was selected by the IOC as the Africa resource person of the five-member expert group to prepare the technical paper on the Autonomy and Good Governance of NOCs and selected to make the presentation to the sports fraternity in Lausanne in preparation for the Olympic Congress in Denmark. He was also inducted into the GNOC hall of Fame

He was awarded a centennial gold medal by the IOC and decorated with the Association of National Olympic Committee of the World.

He is currently the Founder President of the Gambia Cycling Association.