The heads of the nine associations or their representatives received the certificates from NSC Executive Director Marcel Mendy who explained that one of the fundamental factors affecting the development of sports in The Gambia was that there are very few among sports structures that operate and do business as required of them.
“As a result,” he went on, “a decision was reached to regularise the situation by ensuring that only those sports bodies who meet the minimum standard are registered as national sports bodies and awarded certificates of registration with a view to ensuring that Gambian athletes do better in the various sports disciplines.”
While congratulating the recipients of the certificates, Mendy recalled that twenty sports bodies had applied for registration, following the submission of their completed application forms. According to him, applications were reviewed by a panel established by the NSC after which applicants were invited to an interview attended by the presidents and secretary-generals of the various sports bodies that had applied.
“I take this opportunity to congratulate you on this great achievement and to urge you to maintain the momentum in the interest of sports development and our mother land-The Gambia”, Mendy said.
He concluded by calling on sports bodies who could not make the mark to work on their shortcomings in order for them to be considered for registration and recognition by the National Sports Council.
Meanwhile, sports bodies that did not pass the test had been written letters detailing their shortcomings and asked to improve on them in order to be registered and recognised.
The associations are Football, Basketball, Wrestling, Volleyball, Drafts, Paralympics, Athletics, Deaf Association and Cricket.]]>