Beatrice Allen

By Omar Sabally

Current first vice president of the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) Beatrice Allen and Lamin King Colley were today, Tuesday 2nd November 2021 nominated by various affiliated national sport associations of the GNOC to vie for the Olympic Committee’s presidency.

Voting will be done in accordance with Article X, Section 10 of The Gambia National Olympic Committee Constitution.

Ms Allen, who is the president of Gambia Softball Association, was nominated by 15 national associations out of which eleven have double votes while Lamin King Colley, president of The Gambia Combined Sports Association, was nominated by 12 national associations out of which one has double votes.

Lamin King Colley

The winner of the 27th November 2021 election will replace current president Dodou ‘Capi’ Joof who is not expected to seek re-election.

Lamin Kaba Bajo, president of The Gambia Football Federation and current second vice president of the GNOC, is nominated to contest the election as first vice present under the Beatrice Allen camp while Bai Dodou Jallow, president of The Gambia Volleyball Federation and current board member of GNOC, is nominated to vie for the first vice president seat under the Lamin King Colley camp.

Ousman Wadda, current treasurer of the GNOC, was nominated as second vice president of GNOC under the Beatrice Allen camp while Johnny Gomez, president of The Gambia Cricket Association, was nominated as second vice president under the Lamin King Colley camp.

Yorro Njie, Secretary General of the Gambia Swimming Association, was nominated to vie for Secretary General of the GNOC under the Beatrice Allen camp while Peter Prom, president of The Gambia Table Tennis Association, was nominated to vie for Secretary General under King Colley’s camp. The winner will replace current SG Abdoulie Jallow, who recently confirmed that he will not be seeking election for any position during the forthcoming elections.

Muhammed Momodou Jagana, former president of The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was nominated to vie for Treasurer under Madam Allen’s camp while Abdoulie M.A. Jallow, was nominated to contest for Treasurer under King Colley’s camp.

Meanwhile, Timothy Colley, Ba Keba Suso, Serign Modou Faye, Pa Assan Sylva, Momodou Suwareh and Ebrima Jawara were nominted to vie for Olympic Sport seats.

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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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