By Michael John Fofanah
Sports Ambassador Charlie Bio Junior has opened his office at No. 12 Lightfoot-Boston Street in Freetown. The office is established for scouting talented male and female athletes from all sporting disciplines in the country. The Ambassador of Sports Office was also created to bring together sports men and women from all sporting disciplines to make meaningful contribution and inputs to take sports to a higher level in the country. In his statement the Ambassador of Sports, Charlie Bio Jr. thanked presidents of sport disciplines and the Minister of Sports for the confidence reposed in him. He added that sports is a tool we use to demonstrate and maintain peace in our community, citing that no sporting discipline should be taken as superior than another but rather, sports must be taken as a competition which can bring people in Sierra Leone together especially in communities where there might be lots of negative mind sets regarding unity and social development. He further said that the economic viability of sport cannot be over emphasized as evident in the past and in the ongoing Sierra Leone Premier League which created jobs for many young talents, as a result of President Bio throwing massive support to football and other sports activities when he assumed power, adding that this has changed the lives of many youth in the country, thus making them self-reliant. He informed his audience that sports is a universal language which brings social change, progress and international stability and is also a diplomatic tool. Charlie Bio Jr. said his office will partner with private, international and local organizations to support sporting disciplines across the country. He went on to state that this new office will change the face of sports and help young, potential sports men and women grow. Deputy Director of Sports, Lamin Sesay confirmed to AYV that the appointment of Charlie Bio as Sports Ambassador was not done illegally but through an Act of Parliament and according to the National Sports Authority Act article 35-1. Among four sporting discipline representatives that witnessed the ceremony were the President of Roll Ball Association, Noel Williams who commended the initiative of the Ministry of Sports, citing that he has no doubt in Ambassador of Sports, Charlie Bio Jr. because even before he took office, he has been very instrumental in funding and providing other assistance towards the growth of the Roll Ball Association.