Banjul, Gambia, October 22, 2015 – Gambian National Olympic Committee (GNOC) president Alhaji Momodou Dibba has reiterated his support for the Gambia Volleyball Federation (GVBF) as the country’s beach volleyball team bids for Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification.
Dibba spoke during a visit to the Olympic House before GVBF Executive Committee members, headed by its president Yunusa Barry. Mamadou Lamine Ba of the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) accompanied the delegation in the inspection of GVBF’s African Dream Project implementation.
Dibba urged the GVBF to increase its efforts in implementing the project effectively.
“I am aware of the progress made at the national federation and I am ready to support it in all sectors,” Dibba told the delegation. “The Gambia beach volleyball team is on course for Rio 2016 qualification and we are hoping to see the team in Brazil next year, and I assure you of GNOC’s fullest support to the Olympic team.”
Dibba went on to hail the African Dream Project, an inititative of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) President Dr. Ary S. Graça F°, with the primary aim of seeing an African country taking centre stage at world volleyball championships.
Ba spoke of his appreciation for the GNOC’s support in rendering the development of volleyball in Gambia and its smooth implementation of the project.
“I am aware of the financial and technical support the GNOC is offering to the Gambia Volleyball Federation, which was demonstrated by the recent performance of the Gambia national volleyball teams in international competitions, including the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers,” Ba said. “I am impressed with the commitment from GVBF and I think this will open an ear of triumph for Gambia in years to come.”
The African Dream Project has been rolled out in four centres across Gambia, namely in Banjul, Serekunda East, Brikama and Farafenni.