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Sports Council hands over Cuban coaches to associations

Mar 10, 2010, 11:50 AM | Article By: Cherno O. Bobb

The National Sports Council yesterday officially handed over 7 Cuban coaches to various sporting associations, at a colourful ceremony held at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, presided over by the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sheriff Gomez.

The coaches were secured through a bilateral cooperation between the government of The Gambia and Cuba, ranging from Athletics, Volleyball and Boxing for a period of two years.

In his speech, the Minister of Youths and Sports, Sheriff Gomez, said "the government of The Gambia and Cuba in 2008 during the follow-up to the VII session of the Inter-Governmental Commission between the two countries agreed on a sports development cooperation in which the Republic of Cuba will provide sports experts to The Gambia upon request, while the latter will provide accommodation, allowances and mobility to the said experts for effective service delivery."

Gomez also stated that the phenomenon of sports may be difficult to define in teams of what distinguishes sport from recreation, play or games.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youths and Sports, Mambanick Njie described the day as good in our strive to develop various sporting events.

The Cuban Ambassador in The Gambia, Madam Ines Fors Fernandez revealed that they are here to contribute to the development of The Gambia, adding that Cuba and The Gambia has a good relationship.

Director of Youths and Sports Malang Jassey and Omar Bun Njie, the Chairman of the National Sports Council, both expressed similar sentiments.

Musa Casa Taal, the President of the Gambia Volleyball Association spoke on behalf of other associations.