FIFA Honored In South Africa

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: June 15, 2009

DAKAR, Senegal – Just a few days after the nation begins to host the Federation Cup, a precursor to the 2010 World Cup, Jappo SA President, Mr Diamil Faye presented FIFA President Mr. Joseph Sepp Blatter the 2009 JAPPO Award on Sport Development in Africa.

The promotion of sport and its actors remains one of the main objectives of Jappo SA which, since its creation in 2005, has kept on innovating in this field in order to make a difference in the promotion and development of sport in Africa.

This is what led to the birth of the Jappo Awards as a true hymn to the recognition of individuals and institutions that have decided to make the development of sport in Africa a priority in their daily actions.

So, to pay tribute to these people, JAPPO created the JAPPO Awards in five different categories: best policy for the development of sports infrastructure, Fair play, promotion of sport in Africa, Sports Humanitarian Actions and promotion of sports for people with a disability.

When entrusting the hosting of the World Cup to South Africa, less than two decades after it got rid of Apartheid and then successfully developed the FIFA Goal Project, a tailored sport development and assistance program established for the implementation of projects based on the specific needs of national associations, FIFA and its President have shown their firm determination to work for the development of sport in general and football in particular on the African continent.

To this, adds the increased number of places allocated to African teams for the World Cup. No wonder that these decisions were convincing enough for JAPPO to select the world football institution for the 2009 JAPPO Award of Sport development in Africa.

The FIFA Goal Project is today a real model for many international sport organization and a way to increase the efficiency of the operations of the National Federations.

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).

NOTE: For more information on JAPPO, you can visit the website of the company: www.jappo.org.