The President of the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOCSL), Mr. Henry G. Moore, has said that Saturday, July 6 is a very big day in the history of the NOC.
Making the statement during the Olympiafrica project at Goderich during the official handing over ceremony of the Mini-van donated by Daimler, the NOC President said the van is very important for the transportation of the Olympic Family to competitions within the country.
He noted that during the last Commonwealth Games, because of transportation problems, the delegation to the Games would have missed their flight but now that the bus is available such problems will not arise again.
He further stated that they have plans to develop the NOC and they are looking forward to constructing the Olympic administrative building for which he said they were soliciting support from the Initernational Olympic Committee, Daimler and the Germany Embassy in Freetown.
In his comments, the Vice Principal of the Milton Margai College of Education and technology (MMCET), Mr. S.E. Johnson, said they were very happy for the project as the van will ensure the fast and safe movement of athletes from one place to the other.
He also revealed that the MMCET is the leading institution for sports in the country and that since 1962 they have been offering Physical Health Education as a discipline in the college.
In his statement, the IOC representative, Mr. Habu Gumel who represented the IOC President, Mr. Jacques Rogge, said he was happy to be among the Olympic Family in Sierra Leone.
He also welcomed the Daimler representative, Mr. Dieter Kuehnle, who he said is a very familiar figure to the NOC as a messenger of good news.
He said he believes the van will easily move athletes,coaches,teams and administrators, to venues of sporting activities or other sport related events and ceremonies in the country.
In his remarks, the Daimler representative, Mr. Dieter Kuehnle, said that he was happy to join the IOC representative to hand-over the van to the NOCSL.
The NOC Secretary General, Mr. Joseph Nyande, in his own contribution, said that the programme was born from the objective of the NOCSL to plan for the development of the organisation.
In a releted development, the NOC Sports Literature Library was also opened at the organisation’s headquarter at 25 Howe Street in Freetown.