SOMALI NOC CONGRESS ELECTS NEW CHIEF
In its 6th election congress held in Mogadishu on Thursday 3rd of January 3013,
the Somali National Olympic committee has elected its long-time serving secretary
General and former national men’s basketball team coach Mr. Abdullahi Ahmed Tarabi, to lead the country’s highest sports-governing body for the next four years.
After the opening remarks by Duran Farah, who served as acting president since April
last year, the congress observed a minute of silence in remembrance of former Somali
NOC president Aden Hajji Yeberow and former Somali Football Federation president
Said Mahmoud Nur ,who were killed in a suicide blast claimed by the Al-Qaeda-proxy
militants of Al-shabab on the 4th of April 2012.
The new president Mr. Abdullahi Ahmed Tarabi, who was the sole candidate for the
post of Somali NOC presidency has been unanimously voted in favour of by the all
18 voters at the congress. They are 9 National federations including the football
Federation, 5 zonal representatives from around the country and four national sports
Somali deputy minister for sport Bashir Mohamed Jama, and the mayor of Somali capital
Mahmoud Ahmed Nur (Tarzan), have fully lauded for the election of the country’s
national Olympic committee office bearers for the four years to come.
“I hereby announce that the ministry of sport is fully supporting the outcome of
the Somali NOC election---we have witnessed a democratic election and we will closely
be working with the elected executive committee” deputy sports minister Bashir Mohamed
Jama, told a post election press conference Thursday.
For his part the Somali capital Mayor Mahmoud Ahmed Nur, told the media that he
was vey cheerful with the successful election held in the capital Mogadishu for
the first time in many years. “As mayor of Mogadishu I will fully work with the
NOC and its member federations as much as I can” the mayor told the media.
The election was held at the heavily guarded Jazeera Hotel near Mogadishu Airport
where Somali president Hassan Sheik Mahmoud came under attack on September 12 last
year. It was 2 days later when Hassan Sheik was elected as the country’s new president.
The responsibility of the attack was claimed by the Al-shabab terrorists in the
The new executive committee members are below:
01- Abdullahi Ahmed Tarabi President
02- Ahmed Abdi Hassan Senior vice president
03- Hassan Ahmed Abdi 2nd vice president
04- Ibrahim Abokar Shamow 3rd vice president
05- Duran Ahmed Farah Secretary General
06- Mohamed Abdow Hajji Treasure
Executive committee members
07- Maxamed Axmed Coloow
08- Faadumo Cali Nuur
09- Ibrahim Hussein Ali (Roombo)
10- Khadijo Aden Dahir
11- Ali Said Guled Roble
12- Abokar Islow Hassan
13- Mohamed Hurshe Hassan
14- Prof Mohamed Ali Mohamed
15- Omar Abdulkader Barajab
16- Abdi Aziz Godah Barre
17- Prof Yusuf Alasow Mohamed
18- Hassan Ahmed Barre
By: Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar