The Executive Director of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Dr Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai Esq., has said he is taking the mantle of leadership at the Authority with a vision to succeed.

He made this statement during Tuesday’s inaugural address to representatives from the various sporting disciplines at the NSA Headquarters in Freetown.

“As the Executive Director of the NSA, I came up with six (6) pillars for all of us to work as a team to deliver sports across Sierra Leone. They include capacity building, establishing a court of arbitration for sports, transparency and accountability, a 30% quota for all sports, encouraging sporting associations to organize national competitions, devolving sports and embarking on sports infrastructural development.

“The government wants to use sports to create employment, especially for the young people of this nation. This is our target in the next four years, and together, we can achieve this target,” the NSA Boss said.

On the merit of collaboration, Dr. Abdulai said the NSA alone does not have solutions to the numerous challenges faced in sports. “It is for this reason that the Authority will be having conversations with sporting disciplines, listening to their concerns, and working with them to find solutions to their challenges,” he added.

On the sports basket fund, the NSA Boss said that the Authority is ready to operationalize the fund. He said: “We will appoint distinguished personalities to serve the board as trustees,”

The following representatives made contributions at the meeting: Ing. Benson Bawah, Acting General Secretary of the SLFA; Francis T. Samura, Board Chairman of Cricket Sierra Leone; Palema Williams, Women in Sports Commission; Alhaji Komba, Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Boxing Association; and Mohamed Abdul Turay, President of the Sierra Leone Aquatics.


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