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Gambia Celebrates International Day of Traditional Sports and Games

The Gambia Association of Traditional Sports and Games (GATSG) joins the International Council of Traditional Sports and Games (ICTSG) and the Union of African Traditional Sports and Games (UATSG) in celebrating the International Day of Traditional Sports and Games. The event is celebrated annually on the 14th of August.

The Gambia Association of Traditional Sports and Games (GATSG) is a legitimate member of the International Council of Traditional Sports and Games and the Union of African Traditional Sports and Games.

The International Council of Traditional Sports and Games under the Presidency of Khalil Ahmed Khan attended the UNESCO Consultative Conference on Traditional Sports and Games in Istanbul, Turkey in 2018.

During this conference, the Union of African Traditional Sports and Games was established by Ministers and Senior Sports Government Officials from Africa. Yahya Al-Matarr Jobe of the Gambia was unanimously elected president to prime the affairs of the Union. UATSG has its Secretariat located in Sierra Leone.

The Mission of the UATSG is to reinforce continental cooperation in identifying, preserving, and enhancing Traditional Sports and Games in Africa. This can be achieved by including Traditional Sports and Games in schools’ Physical Health

Education (PHE) curricula and by hosting events. The Union is united with the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and collaboration among local communities, government, national and international institutions, and stakeholders contributes to ensuring that intangible cultural heritage is transmitted to the young generation, both through formal and informal education.

The 1st African Traditional Games are scheduled for 2023. In celebrating the International Day of Traditional Sports and Games, we re-echo the importance of the revival of Traditional Sports and Games. Traditional Sports and Games contribute to a life of mutual understanding and peaceful behaviour among different cultural and social groups, communities, and nations.

Traditional games are leisure and recreational activities that can have a formalized character. They are a universal heritage and are practiced in an individual or team manner and thus promote global health and peace.

Over the years, many Traditional Sports and Games have disappeared and to ensure the significance of Traditional Sports and Games, we must be strengthened and the opportunity for practicing them must be held open for all, regardless of gender, religion, ability, or social background in Sports and Traditional Games. We are determined to promote the stability of the existing diversity of elite sports, with Traditional Sports and Games.

The Gambia Association of Traditional Sports and Games (GATSG) under the presidency of Sheriffo Kanuteh (who also doubles as the Focal person for West Africa), wishes to inform its Stakeholders and the General Public that the Gambia will be hosting the first Union of African Traditional Sports and Games (UATSG) conference which is scheduled to take place in October 2022.

Over twenty African countries will be represented at this conference in which the logistical, technical, and financial guidelines will be presented, discussed, and adopted by all member states to have synchronized ways of administering the African Traditional Sports and Games.

The Gambia Association of Traditional Sports and Games (GATSG) is committed to working hand in glove with its stakeholders, the Government of the Gambia, National Sports Council (NSC), GNOC, UNESCO, NGOs, and all other relevant authorities to successfully host the first UATSG conference and implement the outcome through the appropriate institutions.

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