OPINION: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE GAMBIA’S PRESIDENT BARROW ON HIS FIRST DAY IN OFFICE
Jan 27, 2017, 11:12 AM
The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) on 26 May this year held its Annual General Assembly Ordinary Session at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Senegambia.
The session brought together a good number of people from both the GNOC Board and other heads of associations.
In his speech, GNOC president Alhagie Momodou Dibba revealed that holding the annual ordinary session of the General Assembly is a statutory fulfillment and basic constitutional requirement for all the affiliated national associations and members of the GNOC Bureau, adding that it provides opportunity to review and asses the performance of their plans, programmes and activities in the preceding year.
The president honourably reported that the GNOC has also continued to effectively keep the pace of participation in Olympic solidarity and IOC programmes.
He pointed out their continued close working relationship with the IOC on sports development and education, as well as on promoting core values of the Olympic movement.
Mr Dibba added that as a member of the Olympic family, they have continued to further strengthen their partnership and collaboration with NOC relations department of the IOC.
Mr Dibba also said their relationship with the Olympic Solidarity has continued to be cordial, strong and reliant, saying the Olympic solidarity, as the NOC relations branch of the IOC, has given them substantial support in their development projects and other events throughout the reporting year.
Such aids and funds, he noted, are mostly used to support top national sports associations and for capacity building of athletes as well as sports management.
Some of the key projects funded by Olympic solidarity include the international coaching course for young coaches in athletics, technical course for PE teachers and table tennis players, the women and sports festival, sports administration and courses for sports administrators, athletes’ preparations for the all-Africa games, and the annual Olympic Day Celebrations.
Their “involvement with ANOCA is statutory and continues to be strong and mutual despite the cultural diversities”, he said, adding that they share the commonalities of the African continent through competitive sorts and consultations.
For his part, Peter Prom, secretary general of the GNOC, highlighted the previous activities taken by the GNOC in 2010, such as the Plymouth Banjul Challenge, the St. John’s University/GNOC Coaches conference, youth Olympic Games - Chef de Mission Seminar, the Sport Banquet and Awards ceremony, the constitutional review meeting, the Commonwealth games – Delhi 2010 and other activities.
The activities in 2011 included the GNOC presidential election, technical course in athletics, the 21st Edition of the May Day Mass Sports, meetings and conferences, women and sports festival and other events.
Ousman Wadda, treasurer of the GNOC, gave the financial statement of the period under review.