The Gambia Athletics House an imposing two storey building south of the Independence Stadium, is near completion.
The edifice which is 75 percent completed will for the first time provide a home and headquarters for the Gambia Athletics Association, GAA.
Situated on a vast piece of land the building will house offices for the president, staff, technicians and conference centers, with a wide space to spare for future extension
After a stopover visit there, The Standard called up GAA president Dodou Joof who explained that work on the building is very much near in completion. He said the project is very important to the GAA because he believes that every sports association must have a base and office of its own. Athletics is an important sports and one of the biggest and most followed and it can only be developed within a good environment. The practice of renting space cannot continue that is why we in the GAA came with the thought of finding a place for the association, Mr Joof said.
Commenting on the preparation for next year’s Olympics, Mr Joof said currently, 5 top Gambian athletes are at the IAAF performance center in Dakar and they will form the cream of the team to Japan. These include track queen Gina Bass, male sprint sensation Adama Jammeh and relay experts Ebrima Camara, Alieu Jobe and Assan Faye.