Jan 30, 2012, 1:15 PM
The Gambia National Olympic Committee yesterday commenced a four -day medical course for medical officials at the Djeliba Hotel in Kololi.
The occasion attracted participants from various medical institutions and other members from the Gambia Football Association to partake in the training session.
Speaking at the occasion, Alh. Musa A. Coker, the chairman of the GNOC medical committee, said, “a patient could suffer from a simple fracture and later it results in a compound fracture due to being mishandled. These are the things that should not be tolerated in sports.”
Alh. Momodou Dibba, GNOC president, said the course is meant to promote fitness and good health, adding that it is associated with competitive sports.
“If you are not fit, do not go in for sports,” he said, pointing out that a good healthy habit has to be established.
He said this is significant for the trainers, coaches, competitors and all persons generally.
The GNOC boss urged the participants to take the course seriously, saying that the NOC will do its utmost in promoting sports medicine at the continental and global level.
He revealed that there are scholarships at various high levels outside the country.
This is the first level, he said, and urged the participants to take it seriously so that they can have the opportunity to partake in the other higher levels.
“We need highly trained personnel to take care of the athletes”, Dibba added.
The course director Constant Antoine Reux, from Abidjan, also spoke at the occasion.