A strong delegation from the Italian Association of Italian Sports clubs, a sports promotion body with a membership of almost one million, is due in Banjul as guests of the Tijan Jaiteh Foundation, a non-governmental organisation.

The former Gambian international footballer, who is also Gambia’s Sports Ambassador, recently collaborated with ACSI-CR to provide a volleyball development project which includes the provision of coach for the Gambia’s female volleyball team and programme.

The delegation is led by Luigi Tardioli, who is the president of ACSI-CR in the Umbria region of Italy and one other senior member Fillipo Bacchi, the team and operations manager of the ACSI CR Umbria. The delegation arrives on 29 May and will stay until June 3. During this period, they will hold meetings with the Minister of Sports on the implementation of the project. They will also meet with the executive committee of the Gambia Volleyball Federation, visit the Gambia National Olympic Committee and hold a press conference.


 Dr Antonio Viti, the national president of ASCI, said he is very proud of the collaboration between the ACSI CR Umbria and The Gambia. “For us as a non-profitable organization, the development of sports and culture represent a moment of growth and development and a new adventure, especially   for our young people around the world,” he said.

 Ambassador Tijan Jaiteh told The Standard that the visit would help ACSI and Gambian sports authorities to follow and further develop the relationship in their common interest to develop and promote sports.