By Aisha Tamba
The Gambia will host the African Sports Management Association (ASMa) conference from the 23rd to 25th February.
Addressing the media on the country’s preparedness for this important international event, Mahmoud Lamin Jawla, the deputy executive director of the National Sports Council said The Gambia secured approval to host this year’s edition ASMa Conference after a request was made at the 4th edition of the event in Kenya.
Mr Jawla explained that the ASMa was established in 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya and inaugurated in Kampala, Uganda and since its inception, it has been held in Tanzania, Nigeria and Kenya. “The objective of the conference is to avail participants the chance to better understand African sport, through academic activities, research, publications, conference, exhibitions, and many other viable means. “Delegates will offer coordination, leadership, and consultancy on matters pertaining to management of sports and sports-related professional disciplines and activities in Africa,” he said.
Jawla said hosting this important event will avail the country the opportunity to inspire and encourage research in sports in The Gambia.
“Research is essential as it will help the country to establish a data bank and a credible source of information on challenges and possible solutions to sports in The Gambia in particular and the continent in general,” he said.