The Chairman, International Games Local Organizing Committee (IGLOC), Dr. Patrick Coker, has disclosed to Awoko Sports that he was happy with the attendance at the meeting, as all the disciplines invited were present.
He made this statement after the first meeting organized by the committee at the National Stadium after the Commonwealth Games in India last year.
The IGLOC Chairman went further to explain the reason why IGLOC was formed some years back to ensure that the right people are selected for the games.
He also said that the meeting was very important as there are two major games like the All Africa Games this year and the Olympic Games next year.
Dr. Patrick Coker also stated that during the meeting, he had the opportunity to introduce the new Chef de Mission, Unisa Deen Kargbo, to the sporting disciplines and to explain the position of IGLOC today.
The IGLOC Chairman further stated that the All Africa Games is one of the political games that is different from the Olympic Games and funded by the International Olympic Committee.
He said in the case of the All Africa Games, individual countries that are participating in the games have to spend their own money, pointing out that to be a member of the All Africa Games, Sierra Leone has to pay certain amount every year, but unfortunately because of the war, Sierra Leone was unable to pay for some years.
“That was the reason why we were unable to participate in the All Africa Games in Algeria in 2007 because of the huge money we have to pay to the supreme Council of Sports, which is over three hundred thousand dollars”, Dr. Coker said.
The IGLOC Chairman said he will not say Sierra Leone is not going to participate as the Chef de Mission will attend a meeting of the All Africa Games, and that if he goes to that meeting, he too will be able to plead for Sierra Leone.
He explained that because of certain problems, “we have not been paying, but for this period, we are going to start paying and from the responses so far, we will inform the sporting disciplines accordingly.”