Mogadishu, Somalia, November 20, 2015 – As part of the developmental programmes funded by the Olympic Solidarity, Somalia is benefiting from a Level 1 Volleyball Coaching Course which is being conducted by two FIVB international instructors.
The course was initiated by the Somali National Olympic Committee in the capital, Mogadishu, on November 16 and will run for 12 days.
The course is being conducted by George Appaddoo of Mauritius, who is in the country for the second time, and Alamanyu Shoatatak of Ethiopia. Both instructors received a top-level reception in Mogadishu upon their arrival.
During his address at the opening ceremony of the course, Somali NOC Acting President Ahmed Abdi Hassan sent his sincere thanks to Olympic Solidarity and the International Olympic Committee for helping Somalia get such an important coaching course.
“The conflicts that were taking place in our country for the past two decades isolated our sports from the rest of the world, but now, as we have already broken that barrier, we are recovering and we are ready to get back on our feet again,” he said.
Course Director George Appaddoo expressed his gratitude over the hospitality they received from both the Somali NOC and the Ministry for Youth and Sport: “As we are in Somalia, we are feeling at home due to the good hospitality that you provided with us. For me, it is my second time to come here. I also came here in 2007 and conducted a volleyball coaching course. I can see the country is now different from the past in all aspects. All the sports including volleyball are developing side by side to the other developments and progress taking place on the ground right now.”
He added: “This indicates that the country needs more support from the world of sport in order to keep the progress going smoothly and effectively.”
More than 16 trainees, including two women, selected from schools, universities and from various regions are taking part in the course. After the course, the trainees will be expected to travel to regions across the country to deliver their knowledge to other volleyball colleagues in the rest of the country.