May 18, 2009, 8:06 AM
It is always good to appreciate all those moving Gambian sports forward, be it in their individual capacities or as groups.
And this was what the Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG) has done, once again, over the weekend during the fourth edition of the National Sports Awards in the country.
The award ceremony was held at the Sunswing Hotel formerly Jerma Beach, and brought the movers and shakers of Gambian sports.
The event witnessed the awarding of deserving individuals and institutions that have been, and are still, contributing immensely to the development of various sporting disciplines in the country.
It is by no mistake that the SJAG honoured the likes of George Gomez, Dodou Joof, Musa Njie, Remi Joiner, Abdoulie Touray and our own Pap Saine for their relentless contributions in moving Gambian sports to higher heights.
Each of these men has in many ways helped and contributed to the development of Gambian sports either as an administrator, writer, trainer, funder and so on.
Institutions such as Africell, NAWEC, Gamcel, Brussels Airlines and Trust Bank were also all not new in their support to Gambian sports.
We salute the sports writers, broadcasters, footballers, teams and all those who won themselves awards.
We are saying to all those individuals and institutions awarded a big congratulation for your deserving awards.
To the executive and members of SJAG, once again we say kudos and keeping the momentum.
Sports is a tool which could be used to promote friendship, unity, understanding and communication among people, and it also brings peace between states.
The good thing about this award is that it would force others, who do not have the opportunity to win to try their luck next time.
Such awards would also bring about competition, and make sportsmen and women in the country to excel in their different disciplines.
The partners without whose support the programme would not have been a success also need to be commended for their efforts in making the event successful.
The development of sports in the country cannot be left on the shoulders of the government alone, and all and sundry must play a part.
We encourage you all to keep sporting, and always make sure you play your part in advancing Gambian sports.