Dec 3, 2008, 5:37 AM
1st Quarter: January to March 2009: 1.1. 5th Session of the Quadrennial General Assembly - January 2009.
In compliance with the constitution, a general assembly is held each year of the Quadrennial mainly to review the activities of the GNOC, confirm the audited accounts and approve the proposed budget and calendar of activities. This session marks the beginning of a new Quadrennial but a special session of the General Assembly was scheduled for June 2009 to elect a new Executive Bureau. Thirteen out of the twenty one registered national sports associations were represented.
1.2. Plymouth Banjul challenge
The Plymouth Banjul Challenge is a charitable organization working together with the Association of Small Enterprises in Tourism (Asset) and the National Olympic Committee in order to fund youth development and community-based projects through the proceeds raised from the popular car auction that has been taking place since 2003.
The Banjul Plymouth Challenge has been a long-standing resource base for the GNOC and has served to fund the implementation of several sub-projects over the years. Out of the proceeds raised from the sale during the year under review, the GNOC received token sum of D278,344.00. As an income, the proceeds were used to fund national sports associations.
1.3. International Coaching Course in Hungary
As provided for the Olympic Solidarity Quadrennial Plan 2009-2012, Mr Lamin Fatty, a basketball coach with the Gambia Basketball Association, was privileged to undergo three months (March-June2009) coaching course under the auspices of the GNOC at the Semmelweis University in Hungary.
The international coaching course in Hungary is an intensive diploma programme organised by Semmelweis University for Physical Education in selected sports disciplines.
1.4. Youth Short Term Project in Athletics
The GNOC through the German foreign n office in The Gambia facilitated and hosted a two-weeklong strengthening training course for 25 coaches of national sports associations. The training was partly funded by the German Government and conducted by Mr Gunten Langer from Germany. The GNOC provided the logistic support.
2nd Quarter: April to June 2009
2.1. 19th Edition of the May Day Mass Sports
A total of 55 institutions took part in the 19th edition of the May Day Mass Sports which was held on Friday 1 May 2009 at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. As prelude to the event, a football match between doctors and lawyers kicked off at the Serrekunda East Mini-Stadium on Thursday, 30 April 2009.
2.2. 11th Edition of the Sports Banquet and Awards Ceremony
The 11th Edition of the GNOC Sports Banquet and Awards ceremony was held on Saturday, 16 May 2009 at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi. Deserving sports personalities were recognised for their contribution to the development of sports in The Gambia. The awardees were: Most Outstanding Sports Personality, Ms Jabou Jawo, and GNOC President’s Award: Mr Alieu Jeng.
Hall of Fame: Mr Man Essau Gaye, Mr Matarr Drammeh, Ms Adama Njie.
Sports Merit List: Mr Osseh Coker, Abdoulie Sallah, Bambo Fatty, Babou Jargum and Amira Ghanim Jagne.
Posthumous List: Mr Babou Mbye, Sega Jobe, Mr Sebastian Njie and Mr Matarr Drammeh (Pindo).
Sponsorship for Sports Awards: His Excellency the President of the Republic of The Gambia Sheikh. Prof. Dr Alh. Yayha A.J.J. Jammeh.
Regional Forum for Olympic Solidarity-200 South Africa
The GNOC Secretary General, Alh. Abdoulie Touray, and the Executive Director, Mr George F. Gomez, attended the Olympic Solidarity regional forum held in South Africa on 4 and 5 May 2009.
2.4. Special General Assembly June 2009
In accordance with the constitution, a special session of the General Assembly was called on 6 June 2009 to elect into office a new GNOC Executive Bureau for a four-year period.
Twenty two out of 25 registered national sports associations were represented at this special session. Members of the new Executive Bureau elected into office by the Assembly were: Lt General Lang Tombong Tamba, president; Njie Barrow, secretary general; Ousman Wadda, treasurer; Sheriff Jammeh, member; Musa Cassa Taal, member; Abdou Syllon, member; Mary Abdoulie-Samba, member (president’s nominee); Mass Axi Gai, member (president’s nominee), and Amira Jagne, member (president’s nominee).
The third and the fourth Quarter will follow.