Minister Nyelenkeh said this during the commemoration of the international day of sports for development and peace 2023 which takes place annually on 6 April.
In his brief statement, the Minister of Sports Ibrahim Nyelenkeh, stressed on the power of sport and the opportunity it presents for athletes and administrators alike, to renew their commitment towards playing both indoor and outdoor sports.
The National Sports Authority (NSA) Executive Director Dr. Kenneth Brima, said that it is in their collective interests to harness the tremendous power of sport to help build a better and sustainable future for every athlete and noted that sports transcends territorial boundaries, religion, culture among many others things and added that the Cup of Africa Nations brought the entire country together and that synergy must be replicated before, during and after the June 24 general elections.
On her part, National Female Cyclist Fatima Deborah Conteh, stated that sport is an important enabler of sustainable development and she recognized the growing contribution of sports to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect, as she had a firsthand account of that during her triumphant moment in Ghana's Cycling Competition where she took gold for Sierra Leone.
The day which provides an opportunity to recognize the positive role of sportsmen and women through physical sporting activities played in Sierra Leone and the world at large, was symbolized by a sponsored work from Congo cross to Lumley beach. The sponsored walk was geared towards the management of sports as a tool to create safe space for youth who are actively engaged in sports.
The single leg amputee Sports Club visibly demonstrated their tactics and dexterity in football along the Lumley beach to delight those gathered.
Movers and shakers in the Sporting eco-system dished out certificates to the many associations that equally came out to observed the day during a well-organized dinner at the Njala Venue on Lumley beach in Freetown.