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SJAG launches 2021 Sports Award to hold in July

  • June 01,2021
  • Alieu Ceesay - Secretary General - SJAG
  • The Sports Journalists Association of The Gambia (SJAG) on Monday, 31st May 2021 launched its 2021 prestigious national sports award event.

  • This 11th edition, as in previous editions, is meant to honor and celebrate past and present sports personalities. 

    The event will take place on 3rd July, 2021 at the iconic Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre. 

    Over 300 guests from within and outside The Gambia will grace the event. 
    Launching the event, Musa Sise, President of SJAG and Chairman of the Awards Organizing Committee, said: “The Sports Award remains the highest and most prestigious sports awards in the Gambia organized by SJAG. The award is meant to recognize, honor, celebrate, inspire and encourage excellence in all aspect of Gambian sports and its management.”

    The event is in line with SJAG’s mandate to improve professional standards in Gambian sports. 

    The event, like many other sporting activities, could not hold in 2020 due to the global pandemic. 

    “That being the case, the award categories have been revised as follows: Best Foreign based Athlete of the year, Best local based athlete of the year, Team of the year, Best Coach of the year, Best female athlete of the year, Best female coach, Sports Personality of the year, 5 Special awards and 5 President’s awards,” Sise revealed. 

    The SJAG President added that this year’s award is more of a recognition and celebration of the exploits of some of the individual brilliance and determination of The Gambia’s teams who ventured into the continent to represent the country.

    “More fitting than ever before, given the reason to celebrate, honor and recognize the Gambia’s qualification for the first time in history to the AFCON scheduled for Cameroon in February 2022.”

    Among the guests expected at the event are: The President of the Republic HE Adama Barrow, cabinet ministers, Senegal and Liverpool Super star Sadio Mane, Senegal’s Sports Minister Hon. Matarr Bah, CAF Vice President Augustin Senghore, prominent sporting personalities from The Gambia, the sub-region and beyond as well as the business community. 

    “The presence of these high profile international icons, is meant to raise the profile of the Gambia and her sports as well as market the country’s culture,” said Sise, justifying the reason for the invitation. 

    The SJAG President concluded by calling for support from public and private institutions towards the successful hosting of the event.