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All African Games:

Chef de Mission blames Gov’t, NOC for poor performance

October 5, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Sierra Leone’s Chef de Mission, Unisa Deen Kargbo, has blamed the country’s poor performance at the recently concluded All African Games in Congo Brazzaville to the lack of cooperation between the government and the National Olympic Committee (NOC-SL).

Sierra Leone made a return to the Games with a 70-man delegation, which included athletes and officials, but the delegation returned home without a single medal.

And Kargbo, who is also a senior sports producer at the national broadcaster SLBC, in one of their sports programs, said the experience gained from the Games in Brazzaville would go a long way in helping the country regain its lost glory in sports.

He added: “But this is possible only if the Sports Ministry and the NOC work together. If they don’t work together, we will be in trouble and this will result to waste of time and waste of talent.”

The sports journalist and administrator recommended that Sierra Leonean athletes should take part in international training camps, and that while money is needed for this from the government, the facilitation of the NOC would be needed too.

Before the Brazzaville Games, Sierra Leone had missed out on the previous three events due to indebtedness to the organizing body of the Games.

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