By State House Communication Unit
Members of the Executive of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) led by the Minister of Sports, Mr Ahmed Kanu, on Monday August 1, 2016 took leave of President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House to take part in the forthcoming Olympic Games in Brazil scheduled to commence from August 5 to 21, 2016. The team, according to the president of the NOC, Dr Patrick Coker, comprised four athletes, including two females and two males as well as two coaches with Mr Unisa Deen Kargbo as head of delegation.
Welcoming the delegation, the president said he was left with no option but to authorize the team and their executive to participate in the games while expressing hope that the team would gear themselves up to do well in the Olympic Games. He however cautioned the executive to beware of security threats around the world and ensure that they put in place every measure to keep themselves safe and protected.
Thanking the Head of State, Dr Patrick Coker said the executive body will be leaving the country on Wednesday August 3 to join the Sierra Leone athletes already in Brazil. He presented a blazer, one jersey and official pins to President Koroma and announced that the delegates are returning home on August 17, 2016.