Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, President Julius Maada Bio graciously welcomed a delegation from the National Olympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Association of Sierra Leone (NOC/CGA-SLE), including representatives from the National Paralympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NPC-SLE). The purpose of the meeting was to provide updates on past events and discuss the ongoing preparations for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, as well as the All-African Games in Accra.
Minister of Sports, Madam Augusta James Teima, expressed her satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the executive of the Olympic Committee and the government. She presented the leader of the Olympic Committee and his team during the courtesy call.
Prince Vandy Sualley, President of NOC/CGA-SLE, expressed gratitude to President Bio for receiving them, emphasizing that it is a longstanding tradition to pay a courtesy visit and introduce new leadership. As a gesture of appreciation, Sualley presented the President with a plaque on behalf of the Association of African Olympic Committees (ANOCA), recognizing President Bio’s unwavering support and contributions to sports in Sierra Leone and beyond. The invitation for the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris was also extended to President Bio, with a personal plea for his attendance.
Sualley briefed the President on the upcoming All African Games in Accra, assuring him of their commitment to raising Sierra Leone’s flag high during the event. He also discussed the committee’s ambition to construct a permanent Head Office with funds from international partners, highlighting the challenge of acquiring suitable land for this purpose. Sualley appealed to the state for assistance in overcoming this obstacle.
President of NPC SLE/Treasurer NOC/CGA SLE Unisa Deen Kargbo and Ex Officio 1 of NOC/CGA SLE Oness Abayomi Johnson presented the proposed building plan during the meeting.
In response, President Bio expressed his gratitude to the committees for the courtesy call and congratulated them on their new roles. He encouraged them to strive for excellence in their respective capacities.
The delegation, which included Women’s Commission Chair Pamela Willams, Executive Member Mariama Rowlings-Kamara, NOC Vice President Idriss Massaquoi, Deputy Minister Kai Lawrence Mbayo, and Executive Director of the National Sports Authority Kenneth Brima, left State House with smiles of appreciation. Collectively, they expressed thanks and commitment to the development of sports in the country. BT/19/1/2024