By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Africa Sports Hall Of Fame Chooses A Venue
The ceremony planned to take place at Redison Hotel of Bamako will enable Jappo, on New Year’s Eve, to give credit where it belongs by honoring Africans who have dedicated their life to sport and its development on the continent.
The induction ceremony for the 2008 Africa Sport Hall of Fame was initiated by Jappo in February 2007 to supplement the Africa International Sport Convention (CISA). It is played in two acts. The first one dealing with the Hall of Fame is an opportunity for Jappo to honor athletes and leaders who brought up very high the African sport flame.
For 2008, the lucky winners were: Maria Mutola (female athlete), His Excellency Roger Milla (male athlete) and Lamine Diack, President of the IAAF (sport leader).
As for act two, it relates to Jappo Awards, moments of recognition and gratitude on behalf of athletes, organizations and countries who have distinguished themselves in the fields of Fair Play, Humanitarian Action in Sport, Sport Promotion and Best sports installations policy across the continent.
The first trophy, creation of sports installations was presented to the President of Tunisia, Ben Ali, at Carthage Palace on July 11th. The remaining trophies will be presented at the gala night on December 20.
The evening will also be an opportunity for Jappo to present trophies to National Olympic Committees which have hosted previous editions CISA (Senegal and Nigeria).
The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa will also be awarded a trophy during the 2008 Hall of Fame gala night, in recognition of its unconditional support to CISA and JAPPO.
The election for the Hall of Fame winners took place during the Africa International Hall of Fame (CISA) held last February in Abuja.
JAPPO SA ( www.jappo.org) is the organizer and owner of CISA. JAPPO is a company specialized in the management of sport events and based in Dakar (Senegal). Founded in 2005, the company is managed by Diamil Faye who has a standing experience and thorough knowledge of the Olympic movement in which he’s been dwelling since 1993. After contributing to the return of Cambodia to Atlanta Olympics in 1996, he worked for the Organizing Committees of the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) and many other major sports projects across the five continents.
JAPPO is made of a team of young African professionals who aim to lift the company to the status of the first sport events management company in Africa. Since its creation in 2005, the company has worked on several projects including New York City’s bid for the 2012 Olympic Games, Sochi’s bid for the 2014 Olympic Games, the coordination and production of the city of Abuja’s bid book for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the coordination of the first ANOCA (zones 2 and 3) games and also the Africa International Sport Convention (CISA).
2008 WINNERS’ LIST
AFRICA SPORT HALL OF FAME
Female Athlete: Maria Mutola (Mozambique)
Male Athlete: H.E. Roger Milla (Cameroon)
Best sport leader: Lamine Diack (IAAF President)
Fair Play: A.B. Dandeh Njie (Gambia)
Best sport installations policy: H.E Mr. Ben Ali, President of the Republic of Tunisia
Humanitarian actions in sport: Dikembe Mutombo (D.R of Congo)
Sport Development in Africa: Sam Ramsamy
NOTE: For more information on JAPPO, you can visit the website of the company: www.jappo.org.