Beatrice Allen, GNOC New President

Beatrice Allen has been elected as the new President of The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) at a congress held at the Gambia’s Olympic hall on Saturday November 27th.

Madam Allen defeated opponent Lamin King Colley in the race for the presidency after securing 25 votes. Her opponent King Colley secured only 17 votes.

The Newly elected GNOC Executive

Nine Olympic sporting organisations and seven non-Olympic sports voted for the new GNOC president while five Olympic sports and seven non-Olympic sporting organisations voted for the loser.

Lamin Kaba Bajo was elected Madam Allen’s first vice president with 27 votes. The Gambia Football Federation president beat opponent Bai Dodou Jallow in the race.

Former GNOC Treasurer Ousman Wadda was elected second GNOC vice president with 26 votes while his competitor Johnny Gomez secured 16 votes.

Yorro Njie was elected Secretary General of the GNOC after securing 24 votes while the loser Peter Prom got 18 votes.

Muhammad Jagana was elected Treasurer with 23 votes and his competitor Abdoulie M.A. Jallow amassed 19 votes.
Six individuals in Sering Modou Faye, Timothy Colley, Ba Kebba Suso, Pa Assan Sylva, Momodou Suwareh and Ebrima Jawara contested for three board members seats.

Pa Assan Sylva, Ba Kebba Suso and Timothy Colley were all elected with 26, 24 and 23 votes respectively.

David Hafner, Adama Jammeh and Gina Bass were co-opted to serve in the executive.

In her acceptance statement, the New elected president said her executive will work hard to deliver on their manifesto and called on all to work together in the interest of Gambian athletes. She also expressed their willingness to reform GNOC.

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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