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National Sports Council Says Gambia’s Sports Infrastructures “Are Dilapidated”

Marcel Mendy
Executive Director of National Sports Council

By Ramatoulie Jawo

Marcel Mendy, Executive Director,  National Sports Council (NSC) told the National Assembly Financial and Public Accounts Committee (FPAC) that sports infrastructures in The Gambia “are dilapidated”.

The National Sports Council Executive Director said the situation affects the country’s sports development.

“Almost all the sports infrastructures in the country are dilapidated and we can’t achieve or develop our sports without good infrastructure,” he said.

He added that the Gambia does not have any Olympics swimming pool where to train beginners and armatures athletes.

“As a country we will also want to go and compete in swimming competition, because we all know that swimming is an Olympic sport and we want to be part of such competitions, so that we can take the Gambian flag higher,” he added.

He said government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports is always supporting the NSC but the demand is still very high from their side.

Mendy said NSC  currently has only one vehicle which affects their mobility.

“Mobility is something we need as a council to make our work easy for us, because without mobility, movement will not be easy for us,” he said.

He also called on the committee  to help them develop a land allacated to his council in 2019.

“A land was allocated to us. Since 2019 up-to-date, we are not able to even fence it. So we are kindly requesting this August body to help us to develop the land. So that we can move from the Independence Stadium which is not conducive for our work,” NSC ED  appealed.

The NSC Executive Director made the remarks before the the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Public Accounts Committee (FPAC) on Wednesday while presenting their 2019 financial and activity reports.

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