Oct 27, 2008, 5:12 AM
Mamudou Max Jallow, Executive Secretary of the National Sports Council, has said that all national sports associations should formalise with council latest 30 June 2011.
This is in line with a requirement for all associations to meet a new criterion established by council for standard management of national sports associations in The Gambia.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, he said that all national sports associations must pay their due to council and international association, noting that the poor standard of some national sports associations continue to affect the progress of Gambian sport.
“We expect each national sports association to live up to their aims and objectives, as well as to organise annual general meeting (AGM) and congress as stipulated in their constitutions,” he said.
He stated that all national association must have 8 clubs to meet the required standard of a national sports association in The Gambia, adding that all national sports associations must cover at least four regions and decentralise their activities.
Max said that all national sports associations must pay affiliation fee of D1,000 annually to the National Sports Council, adding that all associations must be able to organise national championship.
“The decentralisation of sports in the country cannot be only football,” he said. “All other national sports associations need to work with the regional sports committee to decentralise their sporting disciplines.”
Max also stated that functional and effective district sports committees need to be established all over the country to help organise proper village and district sports competitions for all sporting disciplines.
Jallow added that the support of government and the private sector is urgently needed to help the NSC achieve the goals and objectives of the National Sports Policy 2009-2018 and the Strategic Action Plan 2010-2014.
Abdul Aziz Titao Mendy, Development Officer at the NSC, chaired the meeting.