By: Pa Barrow
The Gambia Volleyball Federation President, Bai Dodou Jallow, is optimistic about more development in the game of volleyball with the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with their counterparts from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“We signed a significant agreement with our counterparts from United Arab Emirates (UAE), and I’m confident that it will take volleyball to another level in terms of development,” He told Alkamba Times Sports.
He said as part of the MOU, the beach volleyball teams (both male and female) will, in December 2023, accompany the referees and administrators to UAE for more exposure.
” When you look around closely, you will understand that the game is growing fast in The Gambia with recent developments registered even though we are struggling financially. It is challenging to attract sponsors, but that does not deter us from doing very well in indoor and beach volleyball competitions. Currently, we are defending beach volleyball champions in Africa, which is a great achievement for us as a federation,” Bai Dodou told the Alkamba Times Sports.
The Gambia Government, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, should try and build an indoor court in the country. It is sad to know that we have yet to have even a single indoor court throughout the country. Moreover, the achievement of other sports registered in the past years without legal playing grounds is a big concern for youth who choose those sports as a carrier. Therefore Government should help us with more infrastructural development,” Jallow added.
The two Federations signed a four-year (MOU) subject to renewal.