Jan 28, 2016, 10:09 AM
Dodou Joof, president of the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC),
yesterday presented athletics jerseys to Region one athletic team ahead of the
primary school inter-regional athletics competition set for 18 February 2017,
at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
The presentation ceremony was held at the GNOC complex on Bertil-Harding highway.
The athletics materials, worth D14,000, were presented to region one on behalf his company Capi and Sons Company Limited to improve and better equip region one with quality athletics equipment that would aid the region in the upcoming primary school inter-regional athletics championship set for the country’s 5nd independence celebrations.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Capi Joof said the donation was part of GNOC’s presidential campaign slogan to advocate for the development of sport at the grassroots level.
“It was part of my campaign that when I would take over as the president of GNOC my first priority is to develop grassroots sports not only athletics but all the sports,” Capi pointed out.
The GNOC president pointed out sports can only be developed through the employment of human and material resources at the grassroots level which prompted him to support in material kind.
“There is no meaningful development of sport without going back to the grassroots - the nursery and primary,” he said, adding: “That is where you can nurture talented sports women and men to represent this country.
“When I saw this young athletes dominating last year, I was so impressed but some did not wear proper competition jerseys; so I had to call the coach and tell them come next year I am going to sponsor you.”
Saikou Jammeh, the trainer and representative of region one, on behalf of the entire region, lauded Capi Joof for his benevolent gestures.
He said the donated materials would go a long way in boosting their morale for this year’s upcoming primary school inter-regional athletics competition.
“This year, region one will come out with a new style of jersey which is sponsored by your company unlike the previous years when we used the real Madrid jerseys,” the region one trainer said. “On behalf of the regional office, I thank you so much.”