Cameroonian Olympic team bolsters numbers for Aberdeen training camp
Top sporting facilities are making final preparations to host the Cameroonian Olympic team prior to their London 2012 training camp which begins in 14 days. The facility directors were delighted to announce today that the African teams ranks will be larger than originally planned
The CEO of Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV) and director of RGU: SPORT met with Chef de Mission of the National Olympic Committee of Cameroon, Mr David Ojong, yesterday (20 June) for a final progress meeting ahead of the African team’s PGTC which runs from 4 to 22 July.
Forty four athletes - a further 12 than first planned - will attend the PGTC across nine sporting disciplines including 10 track and field athletes, one wrestler and one judoka hosted by ASV; plus one rower, four boxers, two swimmers, one table tennis player and two weightlifters who will be hosted by RGU: SPORT.
Also training at ASV will be 23 female footballers who, during the course of the PGTC, will be cut down to the final 18 who will form the ladies Olympic team. To facilitate this process, the team will remain an extra week after their fellow teammates who will depart for London on 16 June.
The Cameroon team will be accompanied by over 20 trainers and managers. Along with the support of the ASV and RGU: SPORT teams, they will provide tailored training programmes designed to prepare the team in the vital final stages leading up to their Olympic campaign.
During their stay, the Cameroonian team will also participate in a series of community and cultural engagement activities, including opportunities to meet members of the public and inspire the region’s sporting youths.
Mr Ojong, who facilitated the successful joint bid made by ASV and RGU: SPORT, first visited the city in early November 2011. During his visit yesterday, Mr Ojong expressed his delight at the combined offering of the Aberdeen sport facilities, remarking that he and the Cameroon team were very pleased to have chosen Aberdeen over options offered to them in Manchester and London.
Filippo Antoniazzi, Director of Sport at Robert Gordon University said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming the Cameroonian team in two weeks. A lot of planning and organisation has gone into making the PGTC possible and we are delighted to hear that the team’s numbers are being bolstered with even more top athletes.”
David Beattie, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Sports Village added: “We are sure that the people of the North-east are as excited as us about the Cameroonian team’s imminent arrival. They will undoubtedly increase the Olympic spirit within the region even more as we approach the summer games.”