Ibrahim Turay, a member of the Olympic family, and also of the Boxing association of Sierra Leone recently told Awoko Sports that Dr. Patrick Coker has what it takes to lead the National Olympic Committee (NOC).
He explained that, this is why as a member of the Olympic family, who has been in sports for over 10 years, he said, after looking through all the 17 associations Presidents under the NOC, he said that he believes that Dr Coker is the only one presently, who has what it takes to lead the NOC for the next four years.
He said that to take over from President Henry G. Moore whom he has worked under as Vice President of the past eight years now with Dr Coker at the helm of affair at NOC ,things will only get better for the Olympic family.
Ibrahim went further to state that since he knew Dr. Coker for years now, discipline has been his key word. “If you are disciplined and straight-forward, you will be a friend of Dr Coker,” he declared
He stated that this is the reason why since Dr Coker declared his intention on December 15, 2012 to run for the Presidency of NOC, those who are not disciplined and straight-forward are now afraid of him.
He also explained that this is why some of these people are giving false information to journalists about Dr Coker by saying negative things about him, just to discourage the man to step out of the race which is not going to work. “We know this is their usual tactics of always trying to drive away good people from sports.
Ibrahim said NOC needs a person like Dr Coker, who has credibility and integrity to lead the committee at this point in time, as the NOC will want to bring corporate bodies on board to assist some of these sporting associations. With such personalities leading the committee, they will not be afraid to come on board, he said.
He stated that the simple reason why Dr Coker will be able to deliver is because he is a team player and not as an individual, as he has been doing over the years serving in different capacities.
Therefore he is appealing to those who will be casting their votes to vote wisely, so at the end of the day, they will have nobody to blame, if they vote the wrong person.