Delegates/members of Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) on Saturday voted massively for a three years span limit of the Association executive in the final day of their two days Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Makeni City Council hall.
A total of 34 out of the 39 members voted in favor for an extension term limit of the executive from two to three years.
Also, there were several other amendments which include the enrollment of members into the association, gender inclusion, the qualification of president and other executive members.
In his statement to mark the opening ceremony of the meeting the SWASAL President said the past 12 months have indeed been an era of mixed blessings of achievements and of course challenges for his executive and the association.
“This executive is paying serious attention on raising the standards of not only our membership but also sports journalism. You may want to agree with me that, some of the stuffs sports journalists nowadays report as news items or stories are sometimes awful but that is not to say we don’t have quite a good number in our midst that are doing extremely well.”
“Vigorously pursuing promises made to capacitate our members. As soon as we return to Freetown, final arrangements would be made to commence a national training program for our members. We are also in negotiations with the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone, the Volleyball Association, the Cricket Association and others to help in similar or different directions in order to diversify our reporting of sports,” he said.
President Cole further appealed to especially the association’s major sponsor, Mercury International, the NOC-SL, Ministry of Sports and others to support his executive with finance and other materials to make that collectively they capacitate SWASAL members.
He said: “We are appealing also for scholarships or grants for those members desirous of pursuing higher education in journalism.”
The SWASAL president also thanked the AGM sole sponsor Mercury International especially the Company’s Chairman Samir Hassanyeh, the Managing Director Martin Edmond Michael, Pa Syl Rooney Decker and Ekundayo Rowe the Chief Financial Officer of the Company for their support.