National Grand Coalition (NGC) Presidential candidate, Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella said his government will be committed to the development of the sport sector because it is a strong unifying factor.
Addressing supporters, during the launch of NGC Manifesto in Port Loko district on Tuesday 13 February 2018, Yumkella highlighted his strategies on how he believes his government can develop the sport sector in the country.
In the manifesto, it is stated that the Ministry of Sport runs sporting affairs. Funding for sports are however low and there is a dearth of stadia and playing fields.
Adding, International participation in sports is at a very low level and funded mainly by International Associations. There are very little sporting activities in schools and inter-secondary school sporting activities have been banned.
The manifesto further stated that even though sports is an important medium for promoting peace and social cohesion, during the past nine years of the APC government, sports evokes images of chaos, confusion and endemic corruption.
This situation according to the NGC has been made worse by failure of the Government to efficiently invest in sports, resulting in low motivation and morale among young people in the country.
Yumkella assured his government will be providing financial support for sports and encourage the youths to participate in various types of sporting activities.
They will also review the existing legislation and policy related to sports that would provide the right legal framework for the transformation of sports in the country. And they will ensure that the various district councils fully participate in sports development and promotion.
He further promised that under the NGC administration they will be developing, in partnership with the private sector, Youth Development & Sports Centres in each of the Provinces with each centre capable of housing a fully-equipped library, ICT hub, social hall, multi-purpose pitches and courts.
To maintain the standards of the facilities, they will put in place an effective maintenance regime for new and existing sports facilities and infrastructure.
Under the NGC government, they will encourage the private sector to provide funding for sports through the provision of tax incentive packages.
They plan to invest in a special Women-In-Sports program to help discover and support female athletes and sports talents across the country.
The NGC manifesto noted that their government will be awarding scholarships to promising young athletes to enable them develop in the best of environments and take on more active roles in our country’s future and its development.
Re-introducing inter-secondary school football and athletics competitions, Identifying and nurturing budding athletes and improve youth training facilities so that talented young sports men and women are given the best training opportunities.
In terms youth development in sport, they vowed to encourage and supports national teams in the various disciplines and investing in setting up youth teams. awoko