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IOC acknowledges Momodou Dibba's election as GNOC President

Mar 8, 2011, 2:58 PM

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has acknowledged the election of Momodou Dibba as the new president of the Gambia National Olympic Committee.

The IOC emphasizes that the future of sports development and the Olympic movement in The Gambia calls for all to unite for the benefit of Gambian athletes.

Dibba was confirmed the winner of the much controversial GNOC presidential election on February 12 amid several months of tempestuous campaign prior to the election marred by controversies between some strong supporters of the two presidential candidates.

In his reaction to the results of the election, Touray, who left the election house together with his followers for what they called the lack of transparency in the conduct of the election, went on to petition the IOC citing constitutional irregularities as the main reason of the boycott.

But it is now confirmed that the IOC has endorsed and acknowledged the election of Alhaji Momodou Dibba as GNOC president in a letter sent to the GNOC signed by the IOC, NOC relations department Director, Pere Miro, on March 2.

The GNOC president, Mr Dibba, during his inaugural speech, pledged to redouble the Bureau’s efforts to foster unity and harmony within the Olympic sports family in The Gambia.

This statement was buttressed by a request to all national associations for information regarding their annual plans, constraints and capacity needs.

"We are therefore counting on the support and cooperation of the sporting fraternity to contribute their quota to the development of the Olympic movement in The Gambia," he said.