The newly appointed National Sports Council chairman George Gomez has said he is confident that with the right ideas backed by practical action, major reforms can take place in Gambian sports that can produce lasting progress and development.

Speaking to The Standard Mr Gomez a former football president and Olympic Committee executive secretary, said his humbled by the many comments commending his appointment, but he said that has put pressure on him to satisfy many expectations.

“With me work starts immediately. I started from my house yesterday when I got news of my appointment I invited the GNOC and Athletics president Dodou Joof to a meeting to discuss the way forward with the GNOC. That meeting is on Tuesday. And I will do more consultations with the GFF and other bodies immediately,” he said.

Among other things, Mr Gomez said he believed there will be a need to establish technical teams for sports in all the regions as to talk to the Governors and Area Council chairmen and regional education officers for their input and support for sports and listen to their ideas. “I plan to get them to work well as appointing Sports Ambassadors in about six countries to start with. These would be honorary appointments to people of influence in those countries to popularize Gambian Sports and raise funds for the development of Sports in those countries. I will expect them to organise donor conferences in their countries every three years and they will be invited to the Gambia every three years to meet and discuss sports development with the local administrators. I hope all sports associations will benefit through this program,” Mr Gomez said.

The new NSC chairman further said he has ideas to trek the regions with various sport heads to meet Governors and other local authorities and to list to them. ‘That way I am sure together we can be a success story in the country,” he observed.

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