Oct 23, 2009, 3:41 PM
Dodou Capi Joof, president of The Gambia National Olympic Committee, yesterday
presided over the inauguration of improvement of sports facilities for youth at
the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
The project was contracted by the Japanese Embassy in Senegal through the APL Japan.
In his inaugural speech, Capi Joof applauded the Japanese government and the Japanese National Olympic Committee for funding the project, adding that the project would aid the development of sports in The Gambia.
Abdoulie Bojang, Secretary General of National Sports Council, hailed the Japanese government and the Japan Olympic Committee for funding the project.
Bojang assured that the Japanese government and the Japanese Olympic Committee that materials would be properly put into good use.
For her part, Madam Yuki Ikoma, the 1st Secretary at the Embassy in Senegal, thanked the government of Japan and the Japanese Olympic Committee for their support to develop Gambian sport.
Ikoma wished the former GNOC executive, especially the IOC member, for her laudable initiative.
Ikoma stated that the GNOC would continue to find avenues to support all associations and hope to continue this mutual beneficial relationship between the two institutions.
Ikoma further stated that after the successful completion of the project, they would engage GNOC in new project.
Ikoma revealed that the GNOC has a priority to solicit funding for the construction of a multipurpose indoor sporting facility, adding that the GNOC secretary general would enhance the development of sport in the country whilst guaranteeing year-round activity.