Oct 9, 2012, 11:14 AM
The National Assembly Select Committee on Youth and Sports will today make another attempt in trying to resolve the impasse that has torn the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) apart.
This follows another unsuccessful attempt to resolve the matter on December 14 by the National Assembly Select Committee on Youth and Sports.
The GNOC presidential position, last occupied by Lang Tombong Tamba, is no doubt the hottest issue in the country’s sports fraternity in recent times.
It would be recalled that the election was put to a halt when a representative from the Ministry of Youth and Sports announced the cancellation of the October 20 election in controversial circumstances amidst constitutional crisis.
After several efforts to resolve the impasse, the National Assembly Select Committee on Youth and Sports under the leadership of Hon. Alagie Sillah has stepped in to settle the differences.
But after an intensive two hours of bitter arguments mainly between the acting executive secretary of the National Sports Council, Abdou Aziz Titao Mendy, and the acting GNOC president Beatrice Allen pertaining the eligibility of voters, the National Assembly, on that fateful day, decided to call off the meeting in order to continue its investigative pursuit on the matter before setting a new date for the election.
It is against this backdrop that the National Assembly Select Committee on Youth and Sports is convening a press conference today on the outcome of previous meetings.
A letter from the Assembly states: “Following series of meetings and consultations with stakeholders on the issue of the forthcoming GNOC presidential election, the National Assembly Select Committee on Youth and Sports is convening a press conference on Thursday, 30 December 2010 on the outcome of the meetings at the National Assembly Chambers at 10.30am.”
It is hoped that this time around the National Assembly, which is the apex lawmaking body in the country, would be able to come up with the best decision that could pave the way for a free and fair GNOC election in the interest of the entire sporting fraternity in the country.