The president of The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), Dodou Capi Joof has unveiled his office’s plans to construct the first ever multi-purpose stadium in the country, with the support of the Japanese National Olympic Committee and Government.
“We are planning to have a multi-purpose stadium, we have discussed with the secretary of the Japanese Embassy who was in the country recently to hand over sporting equipment. We are now trying to get fund from the Japanese National Olympic Committee and Government to build this multi-purpose stadium. We will follow it up because we already got the architectural plan,” said Capi Joof.
According to the ex-athlete, there are so many international competitions this year and the GNOC was working very hard to have The Gambia well represented. “At the moment, the athletes will be travelling to Bamako in May to attend the Regional Junior and senior championship, in which we will try to expose the team. We are also going to support sports teams.”
On The Gambia’s returned to the Commonwealth, GNOC boss welcomed the move and assured that The Gambia will participate in the next Commonwealth Games. “We are back into our family.”
Joof, who was elected GNOC’s president last year said work has been going on very good because as he put it; “ I know the system- I have been in it for a long time. Everything is going on smoothly.”
Joof, who also doubles as the president of The Gambia Athletic Association, hailed the collaboration between the NOC and the affiliated associations, saying; “It is cordial as the associations have been visiting our office and we have been discussing with them.”
The development of sports, he said, need funds, adding his office would work closely with the Ministry of Youth and Sports through the National Sports Council to help the development of sports. “This is why we are working on plans where we can tap funds to help the development of sports. We are also travelling to visit the provinces to see the infrastructures available in order to see how to improve them,” the GNOC prexy told reporters.