The president of The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), Dodou Capi Joof has unveiled his office’s plans to construct the first ever multi-purpose stadium in the country, with the support of the Japanese National Olympic Committee and Government.
“We are planning to have a multi-purpose stadium, we have discussed with the secretary of the Japanese Embassy who was in the country recently to hand over sporting equipment. We are now trying to get fund from the Japanese National Olympic Committee and Government to build this multi-purpose stadium. We will follow it up because we already got the architectural plan,” he told the Observer Sports in an interview.
According to the ex-athlete, there are so many international competitions this year and the GNOC was working very hard to have The Gambia well represented. “At the moment, the athletes will be traveling to Bamako in May to attend the Regional Junior and Senior championship, in which we will try to expose the team. We are also going to support sports teams.”
The development of sports, he said, need funds, adding his office would work closely with the Ministry of Youth and Sports through the National Sports Council to help the development of sports. “This is why we are working on plans where we can tap funds to help the development of sports. We are also traveling to visit the provinces to see the infrastructures available in order to see how to improve them,” the GNOC prexy told The Observer Sports.