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IOC pledges support to NOC-SL, Salone athletes 

NOVEMBER 11, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has promised to support the Sierra Leone National Olympic Committee (NOC-SL) in a bid to help Sierra Leonean athletes and the Olympic movement in the country.

The pledge from came from President Thomas Bach during a recent meeting at the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) in Bangkok, Thailand, which was attended by NOC-SL president, Dr. Patrick Coker, and his scribe, Joseph Nyande.

President Bach said: “We want to help athletes in Sierra Leone in their day-to-day activities and in their preparations for any upcoming events.”

The IOC boss was also pleased with the NOC-SL for its swift action in supporting the United Kingdom’s Joint Ebola Task Force in setting up an Ebola treatment facility in Freetown.

“I would like to thank the NOC of Sierra Leone for its swift action and stepping in to help with the tragedy that is sweeping through West Africa. It is good to see sporting organisations playing their part and offering their support,” said President Bach.

Meanwhile, earlier this year, the Sierra Leone NOC continued work at the college on its OlympAfrica project to develop sporting infrastructure in the country. The project includes a 400-metre athletics track, football pitch and facilities for other Olympic sports such as tennis, volleyball, basketball and aquatics.

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