May 22, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Sports journalists in Sierra Leone will today, Friday, 22 May commence a two- day congress which will be climaxed by an election a new executive in the southern regional headquarter town of Bo.
The two-day assembly is the platform where the Sierra Leone Sports Writers Association (SWASAL) and its members hand heads on wide range of sporting issues, including activities and welfare, with 102 delegates expected to converge at this year’s gathering.
However, is seems the congress will be overshadowed by the second day’s activity, which promises to be a hotly contested election as the association’s outgoing national secretary general, Frank Magnus Cole, is vying for the presidential hot seat against former Sports Editor of Democrat Newspaper, Ibrahim Babatunde Sesay.
Whilst ace Concord Times Sports Editor, Sahr Morris Jr. and AI Radio ‘Ace Sports Program’ presenter, Alhaji K. Tarawllie will battle for the Secretary General position. For the position of organizing secretary, experienced sports journalist, Musa Sesay, will face stiff competition from a young Festu J. Lahai of Mercury Radio.
Presidential hopeful Frank Cole, who is Station Manager of Radio Mercury, has been campaigning around the country on what he described as ‘seven points work plan’ which is the blueprint of what he will implement if he is elected as president on 23 May.
In his plans, he citied fundraising activities, inclusion of women in the national executive, life-time empowerment, international football coverage, welfare of members, ensuring visibility of the association’s mouthpiece – Sports World – and developing nationally recognized and accepted identification tags, as some of the projects he would embark on.
Cole’s opponent, on the other hand, has campaigned on the platform of capacity building for both print and electronic media, decentralization, transparency and accountability, peace building and gender equity.