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African Military Sports officials converge in Banjul

Sep 23, 2013, 10:24 AM | Article By: Lamin Cham

A high-profile international sports meeting opens today at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi with military chiefs or their representatives from 29 African countries.

The five-day meeting brings together board of directors of the Organisation of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA).

Senior military sports officials in the Gambia Armed Forces told Pointsports that the meeting is very important not just because of the high profile nature of its participants but also because decisions agreed in the Banjul meeting could have far-reaching changes in the administration of military sports in Africa.

“For example, the position of secretary general for OSMA could now be an elective position and this is among other changes to be recommended at the Banjul meeting,’’ Col. Jammeh in charge of military sports said.

Jammeh further revealed that the choice of The Gambia as meeting place for OSMA shows the great trust and respect the organization has for The Gambia, which also makes it a national event.

“So we have invited officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports among others to attend the meeting,’’ he said.

On behalf of CDS Ousman Badjie, he thanked President Yahya Jammeh for his great encouragement and support to military sports in The Gambia.

Journalist Namory Trawally, who covered the African Military Games in Uganda and the world event in Brazil, said the meeting of OSMA board of directors in Banjul is a mark of Gambia’s increasing status in military sports in Africa.

“I think this tells a lot about our capacity as a nation serious about sports, especially military sports,” he added.