Upon learning of this development, The Standard visited the building in Kanifing and met police guarding the building while development officer Momodou Demba and chief security officer Tiyana stayed outside the building apparently denied access.

The police found at the premises would not entertain questions and when The Standard contacted officials of the National Sports Council and the Ministry of Sports, MOYS, none would volunteer information on the dramatic turn of events in the GNOC matters.

When contacted on the matter Wednesday night, the secretary general of the GNOC, Peter Prom, said at that time that he could not confirm the news.  When contacted again Thursday morning, Prom said he was busy at a staff meeting and could not comment.


The closure of the building came on the heels of a bitter row between members of the GNOC on one hand, and the MOYS on the other. MOYS, through its technical arm the sports council, has since announced it does not recognise the GNOC until they conform to their own rules governing elections and other matters. The GNOC said that they have held proper elections where the majority of members elected the present executive members.

Meanwhile, last evening, a source intimated to this paper that the administrative staff of the GNOC “may be allowed to continue working in the building to avoid disruption to the function of the committee, in due course”.

By Lamin Cham