Feb 9, 2016, 10:53 AM
The Sports Committee of the University of The Gambia at the weekend embarked on courtesy visits to The Gambia Football Association, Gambia Athletics Association, Gambia National Olympic Committee and the National Sports Council respectively.
Speaking in his office, the executive secretary of the National Sports Council (NSC), Mamudou Max Jallow, an alumina of UTG, expressed his delight on the visit.
He spoke on the importance of strengthening and promoting university sport in The Gambia.
A similar remark was made by the executive director of the Gambia National Olympic Committee, Lawrence Bruce, when he was visited at his office, as he was a contributor and the architect of the UTG Sports Day that is taking place for the second time this academic year on 16 March 2013.
The president of Gambia Athletics Association (GAA), Dodou Joof, a renowned sports administrator, commended the committee for such a visit, as “it is in the right direction” towards building and promoting sport in the only university of The Gambia.
Mr Joof and his teams supported the UTG Sports Day last academic year and promised to give more support in this academic year. He has also started working with the UTG Sports Day committee to design the events to be competed for during the Sports Day.
For his part, the chairman of the Gambia Football Association, Alhagie O.B. Conateh, as well, thanked the Sports Committee for the visit to the normalization committee.
He promised to support the endeavours of the committee to come up with a university football team that will be competing in the national leagues.
Speaking to officials of the sports committee, the Minister of Sport of the University of The Gambia Student’s Union (UTGSU), Vincent Mendy, a final-year student of the UTG, told the authorities that the aim of the sports committee is to create and leave a sustainable legacy in the university.
He told the authorities that his committee had introduced UTG Taekwondo Club, and UTG Basketball Club, which has competed in the fitness tournament of the Gambia Basketball Association.
He explained the plans of the committee for this academic year, saying they include inter-departmental football tournament, inter-departmental basketball tournament, which commences in October 2012, and the UTG Sports Day, which is purely athletics, is slated for 16 March 2012.
The sports committee’s visit to the NSC and the GAA was led by the president of the UTGSU, Sheikh Omar Bittaye, who made the opening remarks.