The Gambia National Olympic Committee is a non-profit Olympic organisation that was established and affiliated to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1976. The GNOC is the sole sports organisation in the Gambia responsible for preparing and sending athletes to World Games that are sanctioned by International Olympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Federation.

The mission of The GNOC is to develop and protect the Olympic movement in The Gambia in accordance with The Olympic Charter and in order to fulfil this mission, The GNOC pledges to co-operate with Government and Non
Governmental bodies, and shall not under any circumstances associate with any activity which would contradict the Olympic Charter.

The Gambia National Olympic Committee shall serve as an operational link between National Sports Associations, the International Olympic Committee and other International Organisations. It shall, in the execution of its functions, and to the best of its ability, endeavour to remain true to the ideas and practices of the International Olympic Committee with which it shall retain its affiliate ties.

The aims of the Committee shall be as follows:-

(a) to ensure the development and protection of the Olympic Movement and sports in general;

(b) to observe and enforce the rules laid down in The Olympic Charter;

(c) to disseminate among young people an interest in sport and sporting spirit and to endeavour to incorporate in the teaching programmes of physical education the spirit of Olympism

(d) to ensure the creation of institutions which devote themselves to Olympic education with emphasis to the establishment and activities of National Olympic Academics, Olympic Museums and Cultural programmes related to the Olympic Movement.

(e) to take action against any form of discrimination and violence in sport;

(f) to fight against the use of substances and procedures prohibited by the IOC or the International Federations (IFS), in particular by approaching the competent authorities of the country so that all medical controls may be performed in optimum conditions; to adopt and implement the World Anti-Doping Code, thereby ensuring that the Gambia National Olympic Committee’s anti-doping policies and rules, membership and-or funding requirements and results management procedures conform with the World Anti-Doping Code and respect all the roles and responsibilities for NOCs that are listed within the World Anti-Doping Code

(g) to organise, together with the respective National Associations, the preparation and selection of competitors, thereby ensuring that the Gambia is represented at the Olympic Games, as well as at Regional, Continental and or otherwise International Games having the patronage of IOC;

(h) to undertake the organisation of these Games and other Sporting events when they are held in The Gambia;

(i) to submit proposals to the IOC with regard to The Olympic Charter, the Olympic Movement in general as well as the organisation and conduct of Olympic Games;

(j) to assist in the promotion, administration and organisation of Olympic sports in The Gambia;

(k) to preserve it’s autonomy and resist all pressures of any kind including those of a political, legal, religious, racial or economic nature that may prevent it from complying with the Olympic Charter;

(l) with the co-operation of The National Sports Council and The National Sports Associations to encourage high standards in sports;

(m) to establish and maintain relations with International Organisations responsible for the provision of Technical Assistance for the development of sport in the Gambia, particularly with the International Olympic Committee;

(n) to organise in collaboration with the recognised youth movements concerned, the participation of Gambians in Olympic youth and Cultural Camps;

(o) to assist in the training of coaches, athletes, officers and teachers;

(p) to assist in the provision and maintenance of the necessary infrastructure and equipment for the development of sporting activities and;

(q) to encourage and support initiatives in both the private and public sectors that could promote and develop sports in The Gambia.

(r) to participate fully in all Olympic Solidarity Programmes

The aim of Olympic Solidarity is to organise assistance to all the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), particularly those with the greatest needs, through multi-faceted programmes prioritising athlete development, training of coaches and sports administrators, and promoting the Olympic values. The Olympic Solidarity Commission is responsible for defining the main courses of action and managing the activities of Olympic Solidarity, for example by approving programmes and the related budgets, and monitoring their implementation. It enjoys financial, technical and administrative autonomy, and reports to the IOC Executive Board and President, keeping them regularly informed about the main decisions taken, e.g. approval of programmes and budgets for the Olympic Solidarity plans. The Olympic Solidarity Commission relies on the Olympic Solidarity international office in Lausanne to implement, execute, monitor and coordinate all its decisions.

The Olympic Solidarity Commission administers the programmes adopted by Olympic Solidarity, which, as per the Olympic Charter, are to contribute to:

  • Promoting the Fundamental Principles of Olympism;
  • Assisting the NOCs in the preparation of their athletes and teams for their participation in the Olympic Games;
  • Developing the technical sports knowledge of athletes and coaches;
  • Improving the technical level of athletes and coaches in cooperation with NOCs and IFs, including through scholarships;
  • Training sports administrators;
  • Collaborating with organisations and entities pursuing such objectives, particularly through Olympic education and the propagation of sport;
  • Creating, where needed, simple, functional and economical sports facilities in cooperation with national or international bodies;
  • Supporting the organisation of competitions at national, regional and continental level under the authority or patronage of the NOCs, and to assist the NOCs in the organisation, preparation and participation of their delegations in regional and continental Games;
  • Encouraging joint bilateral or multilateral cooperation programmes among NOCs;
  • Urging governments and international organisations to include sport in Official Development Assistance
  • Supporting athletes who are refugees.

Such programmes are administered by the Olympic Solidarity Commission.


The three areas – World Programmes, Continental Programmes and IOC Subsidies for Participation in Olympic Games - available through Olympic Solidarity function autonomously and complement one another. They cover the objectives of the NOCs, which are mainly to improve their functioning and organisational ability; to create or develop efficient structures; to organise training courses at various levels; and to profit from the technical and financial resources available, which in turn will benefit their athletes.

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