The President of the Gambia national Olympic Committee GNOC, Dodou Joof has said the return of the Gambia to the Commonwealth has very positive effects on athletics and sports in general,
Speaking yesterday, The Standard Mr Joof whose Committee coordinates Gambia’s participation in the Commonwealth Games, said the move now means the Gambia will compete in the next commonwealth games, games. “This means we will have to again input the games in our plans as it was never there until this new change of government,” he said.
However Mr Joof said there will be a lot opportunities too for the Gambia in the Commonwealth including assistance in funding and material and training for Gambian athltes.”In fact that also include close ties with Britain and her community of friends which can by extension help tourism a major sector of our economy,” Mr Joof said. The Gambia
The GNOC president further disclosed that Gambian athletes have not done badly in the Commonwealth games and that a return to the Games would be most welcome. The Gambia was with drawn from the commonwealth by former President Jammeh a few years ago but the new government of President Barrow has already announced its intention to go back. Last month British Foreign secretary Boris Jonson visited The Gambia in furtherance of that process.
GNOC boss, Dodou Joof