POSTED: September 29th 2014

Gambian National Olympic Committee, International Olympic Committee hold meeting in Lausanne

The Gambia National Olympic Committee / SFC
The Gambia National Olympic Committee / SFC

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Five months after its office was closed by the local government, the Gambian National Olympic Committee visited International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, 24 Sept.

IOC Delegate Member for Autonomy Patrick Hickey chaired the meeting with the Gambian National Olympic Committee, during which the organisation was assured its recent election process that took place 2 Aug. 2013 was held in accordance with the Olympic Charter, the GNOC Constitution, and IOC directives. Those elected at the Elective General Assembly have also been recognised by the IOC as legitimate GNOC representatives

Following the meeting, the IOC requested a series of actions in an attempt to end GNOC’s office closure, including office and properties to be returned to GNOC and travel bans on GNOC officers lifted.

The IOC has also offered its assistance to aid the revision of sports legislation in Gambia with the government, GNOC, and the National Federations, to comply with the basic principles that govern the Olympic Movement, as well as a commitment to build positive relation and cooperation between the Gambian Government and its National Olympic Committee.

Next steps will be determined at the next IOC Executive Board meeting this October.

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