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Abou Dandeh -Njie Steps Down As GNOC President

Mar 26, 2009, 6:41 AM | Article By: Soury Camara & Pa Modou Faal

Mr Abou Dandeh Njie, President of The Gambia National Olympic Committee, yesterday announced at a press briefing his retirement as president of the body after 20 years of service.

Mr Njie, speaking to the press said, "I believe the time has come for me to step aside and give an opportunity to competent and experienced persons to assume the responsibilities of managing the affairs of the organization".

Mr Njie pointed out that he would not offer himself as candidate for election, in any capacity in the new executive Bureau noting that he has served the GNOC as president for almost 20years, and sports in general in the country for over 50years.

He stated that in consultation and agreement with members of his family, this decision was made over two years ago and it was informally conveyed to some members of the organization.

He also used the opportunity to thank the current and past members of the executive Bureau, IOC, ANOCA, Olympic Solidarity, the National Associations and Sporting organizations for the support and encouragement received, and from The Gambia Government.

Mr Njie disclosed that the next General Assembly of the GNOC will be held on the 6th of June 2009, and a new executive Bureau will be elected at the assembly.

Other speakers at the occasion include George Gomez, Executive Director. The briefing was attended by GNOC executive Bureau Members.