The National Olympic Committee (NOC) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Country Lodge in Freetown last Saturday.
The purpose of the AGM was for the NOC Executive to report to its members the running of the Committee for the last year. President of NOC, Prince Vandy Sualley, welcomed NOC members and guests, especially the Minister of Sports, Madam Augusta James-Teima. In his opening statement, he gave special accolade to past Presidents of the NOC for their hard work during their time at the committee.
President Sualley updated the gathering on their success stories and challenges in 2023 and activities for 2024, both national and international. He thanked the NOC Executives members, Association Presidents, Staff of NOC, athletes, and sports journalists for their support.
In her keynote address, Madam Minister recognized past NOC presidents [Pa Henry Moore, Dr. Patrick Coker and Pa David Woobay], who have contributed to the development of the NOC. She thanked the International Olympic Committee (IOC), sports journalists, etc. for their good work towards the NOC, assuring the AGM to work with all associations in the country. The Minister also gave an overview of Olympianism; the year the Olympic Games was discovered, and the first Olympic Games.
She also encouraged NOC members to work with athletes, officials, etc., to make farms – plant more rice, which is part of all sport. She emphasized the importance of working with women, especially maintaining the 30% quota. President Sualley expressed his satisfaction with the progress made by the NOC and thanked everyone for their support.