Aug 11, 2010, 1:51 PM
The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) yesterday at the GNOC Resource Centre, Mile 7 in Bakau kicked off a five-day Sports Administration Course for Disabled Sports Associations.
The Course, which runs until Friday, is part of the GNOC’s drive to develop Sport for all and promote involvement at all levels, an official from the GNOC said.
The course directors are Lamin Sanneh, governor of the West Coast Region and Ebou Joof, former director of Sports at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, who told Pointsport that the ultimate objective of organizing the course was to assist the disabled sports participants to develop a greater awareness of sports administration.
This, he said, will enable them to acquire adequate knowledge and skills in sports management and organization.
“The course covers the following areas - knowledge of Olympic movement, its structure and tradition and that of the organization of international sports.
The other characteristic of the training course, according to Mr Joof, include - valued and issues in sports, beliefs about what is right and wrong and what is important in life. One such example to this is the cultural value, social value, moral value among a host of other important issues.
The course, Pointsport understands, will also avail the participants drawn from all the disabled sports associations the unique opportunity to discuss for the first time individual and community values as well as how to protect young athletes within the next few days.
In his statement as part of activities marking the opening of the course, Momodou Dibba, president of the Gambia National Olympic Committee, said the course will serve as a tool for disabled personnel given the fact that it will be directed by good course directors in governor Lamin Sanneh and Ebou Joof.
He said, “The reason of you people being here today is to acquire knowledge about how to administer sports in your various sporting associations.
This is the first time the GNOC is organizing a course of this nature for the disabled sports associations but it has however indicated the equality it attaches to the development of sport at all levels.
The course followed a series of similar programmes convened by the GNOC for other sports associations across the country.