This year, The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) in its effort to ensure that sports remain relevant and attractive to people of all ages is organising a week-long sports jamboree and a sports awards night to recognise and celebrate the achievements and contributions of past and present sports personalities and individuals or institutions to the promotion and development of sports in the country.
According to the statement, the Awards Night will be held on Saturday June 13, ahead of the main celebrations. Already, an eight-person awards committee was inaugurated last Thursday by the GNOC president, Alhagie Momodou Dibba.
The committee, headed by Abdul Shyllon, comprises Ebou K. Joof, Dodou Capi Joof, Kebba Masaneh Ceesay, Madam Dado Jah, Papa Njie, Momodou Demba and Namory Trawalley.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, GNOC President MM Dibba expressed delight with the composition of the awards committee which he said is made up of highly knowledgeable personalities.
He seized the opportunity to remember the Late Alhagie Sait Mbye who served as GNOC awards committee chairman for several years, for his meticulous contributions to the success of the previous awards.
Mr Dibba reminded the awards committee of the immense task ahead as selecting the best out of the best has never been easy.
The GNOC boss reassured the committee of his office's support in their quest to present credible awardees comes June 13.
He advised them to open up to all associations and welcome suggestions from them and the general public at large.
On his part, the chairman of the award Committee, Abdul Shyllon, thanked the GNOC Board for the trust and confidence bestowed on them.
“We will do whatever is possible to have a fair and credible award selection,” Mr Shyllon promised.
Other speakers included Kebba Masaneh Ceesay who hailed the GNOC for selecting them to serve in this noble cause.
Right after the opening ceremony, the awards committee went to business with their first meeting.