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Sport tribunal to look into GNOC Election controversy

Mar 16, 2011, 12:34 PM | Article By: Picture: SoS Sherrif Gomez

Following what many still call a ‘controversial’ Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) presidential election, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has set up a sport tribunal to look into the way and manner in which the election was conducted.

A statement from the Ministry yesterday announced that the Minister of Youth and Sports by the powers vested upon him by the Sports Council Act 2000, section 24 (2) has appointed seven people as members of the tribunal effective 10th March 2011.

They include Justice Lamin Jobarteh (High Court Judge) as Chairman, Mr Ebrima Sanneh, legal practitioner, Mr Mustapha Carayol, Chairman IEC, Mr Charles Thomas, former Executive Secretary NSC, Mr Cherno B Touray, former Director of Youth and Sports, and Mrs Sainabou Kujabi, President Sports Journalists Association.

“All individuals and Associations that have issues pertaining to the recently held GNOC Presidential Election are hereby being informed that all petitions should be addressed to the Sports Tribunal Review,” the statement added.

The GNOC elections, held on 12th February 2011, saw the election of veteran and prominent sport figure Momodou Dibba as new President of the GNOC after his rival Abdoulie Baks Touray withdrew a few hours to the ballot.

This follows several months of tempestuous campaign for the troubled GNOC presidential election marred by infighting between strong supporters of the two aspiring candidates.

The GNOC top post became vacant last July after the conviction of its former president, Lang Tombong Tamba, former Chief of Defence Staff on non-sports related charges.