19 March 2014

GAMBIA : GBA Vice President Predicts Bright Future for Basketball

The vice president of the Gambia Basketball Association (GBA), Abdoulie Jallow, has expressed optimism that the sport has a bright future in the country after they benefited from the D4.8M grant signed between the Japanese government and the Gambia National Olympic Committee Tuesday.
Hailing the Japanese government for the intervention through its Embassy in Dakar, Senegal, Jallow pointed out that the equipment will go a long way in helping in the grassroots development of basketball, which he described as a sport that demands good and high quality modern equipment in order to be able to compete in a very effective and efficient way.
He noted that with the grant, they will be able to replace some of the old equipment they have being using at most of their basketball courts, especially the facilities at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. He expressed appreciation to the NOC for including basketball in this project. Jallow added that the project will kick off immediately having already identified the kind of equipment.
He further disclosed that the Japanese Embassy will oversee the implementation of the project, noting that it is now left for them to satisfy all the criteria in the contract so that they would procure all the materials needed, adding that the responsibility of the NOC is just to implement what the Japanese Embassy has signed with them.
He remarked that one good thing is that the beneficiary associations have all agreed that all of the equipment have to be of international standard, noting that whoever has to procure it should ensure that they bring internationally recognised equipment that will last for a longtime.
He pointed out that without any doubt, sports cannot be played without a conducive environment, and therefore used the opportunity to thank the Gambian leader Professor Jammeh for providing that environment for the associations to operate.
Jallow added that he wished every corner of the country will have a basketball court for the kids to play the game, but pointed out that with the absence of such for now, that is one of the reasons they have organised the 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

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