|NSC Executive Secretary, Mamudou Max Jallow, has supported the revival of wrestling, a traditional sport in The Gambia (Photo Credit: MSJoof/TNBES/July 2012)|
The Executive Secretary of The Gambia’s National Sports Council, NSC, Mamudou Max Jallow, has died.
Mr Jallow was pronounced death at the Edward Francis Small Hospital in Banjul, the Gambian capital, where he was taken ill on Saturday evening.
“I was informed yesterday (Saturday) that Max is ill and was taken to the Edward Francis Small Hospital,” NSC Development Officer, Fabakary Touray told The Voice reporter Sulayman Ceesay on May 19, 2013. “This morning (Sunday), I was informed he passes away.”
He was laid to rest at 5pm local time at his home village Brufut, Kombo North District, West Coast Region.
Jallow, an erstwhile Development Officer at the NSC, was appointed Executive Secretary in February 2011, and has worked at the Council since 2001.
A master’s degree holder in Sports Science, Jallow will best be remembered for his commitment to restructuring National Sporting Associations, NSAs, in The Gambia, and his great role in the successes of the annual Brufut Marathon.
Following his latest appointment, Max told Point Sport his major plans are to “strengthen the National Sport Policy and Programme of Action” and “to ensure all national sports competitions are decentralised”.
In June 2012, he presided over the annulment of the registration of 21 sport associations and subsequently dissolved the executive committees that run them.
The NSC said it was determined “to ensure national sport associations continue to conform to national and international rules, regulations, norms standards and codes of conduct governing the particular sport.”
He has supported the revival of wrestling, a traditional sport in The Gambia.
“I think local government authorities need to provide recreational facilities to all sports, particularly wrestling,” Jallow told The North Bank Evening Standard in July 2012. “There is not one wrestling arena in the whole country.”
Marks of respect for the late Mamudou Max Jallow are pouring in on the social media site, Facebook.
Written by Modou S. Joof