Mar 3, 2009, 4:55 AM
Alhagie Dodou Joof better known as Capi, the Secretary- General of the
He was the national champion record holder in the 100m and 200m, respectively from 1968- 1990, a record he holds for 38 years.
Dodou Joof a well-known figure in Gambian sports, particularly in athletics was among the finalists in the 200m in the Commonwealth games held in Adinburgh, Scotland and a medalist in the regional championships in Dakar, called Semaine Nationale de La Jeunesse in Senegal, in 1970.
After these spectacular and brilliant athletics achievements, Dodou then retired from active competitions, and opted to become an athletics Coach and Administrators. Subsequently, he was awarded a coaching schoolarship in Loughborough, in
The well-known Dodou Joof, who continued to gain a lot of international recognition as a result of his unflinching support to the development and promotion of athletics in the country, received many national and international awards in athletics and sports management as well.
Capi was awarded a gold madal by Striders International of USA and young Angles of South Africa in 1988.
In 1989, he received a certificate from the secondary and primary schools federation in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of school sports.
He is currently serving as the Technical Director for West
In 1995, he was appointed I.T.O for the All African Games in
He was elected Treasurer of the African Athletics Confederation and member of the African Jury of Appeal in
Capi was again being honoured with another leadership role when he was elected a member of Afro Asian Athletic Council in
Dodou Joof in 2005 in
In April 2007, in
Dodou Joof is described by many as an excellent sport Administrator, who uses his own resources to ensure that athletics he loves so much is prooperly practised and admired.
He is also described as somebody knowledgeable who has the technical competence in all the IAAF rules and regulations.
He is classified by his counterparts as an asset to The Gambia and someone The Gambia should be proud of.
The committed and sports loving personality Dodou Joof played an instrument part in helping most of the Gambians secured an athletics scholarship awards which includes officials and Coaches in various parts of the world which is a brilliant step in the right direction.