Apr 16, 2010, 5:04 PM
The Gambia Wrestling Association (GWA) will hold its congress tomorrow at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
Ahead of the congress, the GWA is requesting all affiliated clubs, regional representatives and stakeholders to partake in the congress as well as send two representatives both male and female as their delegates.
In an exclusive interview with Pointsports, the executive secretary of the National Sports Council (NSC), Mamudou Max Jallow, on Wednesday in the buildup to the congress, revealed that wrestling being a mainstay national sport in The Gambia has received support from the Ministry of Youth and Sport with the NSC in the region of D140,000 to revive wrestling in the country.
Each region, he added, is expected to make a regional competition, whose national championship is going to be responsible for by the sport council.
The national wrestling championship, which has a national character, is scheduled to take place between May and June 2012.
Mr Jallow also called on the national associations to formalize their registrations under the NSC, adding that the forms which should be filled by associations contain points to be answered, including the progress of an association, number of clubs that an association has and other pertinent aspects.
He further stressed that out of thirty-one associations only twenty-two have registered, while the rest are still left behind, noting that the most significant thing is the registration of the associations and their collaborations with the NSC.
He said the registration could make it possible for them to get support from the government and the NSC, which will enable them to carry out their activities in accordance with the National Sports Policy.
The executive secretary further urged the non-registered associations to come forward and formalize their registrations, saying the NSC shall establish a website to ease their communication to the national associations and make it more effective, through which the products of sports could be sold.
To expose the sportsmen and women, there is need for the provision of authentic information for Gambian sport, he said.