Sports ministers from six West African countries have been meeting in Dakar, the Senegal capital, for three days for talks on higher levels of sport on the African continent.
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Background: Sports ministers from six West African countries have been meeting in Dakar, the Senegal capital, for three days for talks on higher levels of sport on the African continent. Professionalism in sport was one of the main topics of the conference, which opened on Monday (14 February).
SYNOPSIS: The ministers were from Guinea, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Senegal, who make up Africa's sporting development zone two. The conference, which was opened by Joseph Mathiam. Senegalese Minster for Youth and Sport, was split into four working sessions. The delegates were due to discuss a report submitted by the secretary general on council activities since the last conference in Mauritania, last May. They would also look at a proposal to set up a news bulletin, and discuss a report on professionalism in African sport.
The report put forward arguments for and against professionalism in African sport, and compared the attitudes in socialist countries where athletes keep their amateur status, with that of the United States. Delegates studied the implications of professionalism in Africa, where sport has in the past been part of traditional entertainment.