The Chef de Mission of the National Olympic Committee of Cameroon arrived in Aberdeen at the weekend for talks to bring the country's athletes to the city for their Pre-Games Training Camp prior to competing in the London 2012 Games.
David Ojong met with officials from RGU: SPORT and Aberdeen Sports Village yesterday (Tuesday 8 November) to discuss details of the proposed Camp including training facilities, transport, accommodation, and community involvement.
The two facilities, which are both included in London 2012's official Pre-Games Training Camp Guide, have lodged a joint bid to host up to 60 athletes and staff, across up to 8 sports, between the 2nd and 16th July next year. The joint bid has been facilitated by SportScotland - the nation's lead agency for the development of sport - and it is hoped that Mr Ojong's visit will allow all parties to reach an agreement to host the Camp.
So far, ASV and RGU: SPORT's bid to host the Cameroon team seems to have overcome stiff competition from facilities in the Central Belt of Scotland and throughout England, and if selected as the host venues, would be a huge boost for the north-east.
David Beattie, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Sports Village said "We are delighted with the progress we've made so far in our pursuit to host the Cameroon team prior to London 2012. We are keen to reach a formal agreement to host the Camp in the next couple of days and if successful, it will provide a great opportunity for us to showcase the city to our visitors and to promote sport and an involvement in the Games to the community".
Filippo Antoniazzi, Director of Sport at Robert Gordon University added "It is testament to the world-class facilities we have on offer in Aberdeen that we've been considered for such a prestigious event. The prospect of hosting Olympic athletes has the potential to inspire current and potential sporting talent, and the north-east is an ideal location to enable Cameroon's stars to adapt to the cooler climate".
Mr Ojong was thrilled to be visiting the Granite City and said "It is an exciting time for all parties involved. I am very impressed with the standard of facilities available at the venues and optimistic that we can solidify an agreement during my stay".
Top: Chef de Mission David Ojong
Bottom (from left): Filippo Antoniazzi, David Ojong, David Beattie
Notes to editors
- Aberdeen Sports Village is the premier sporting facility in the North East. The facility is a joint venture of the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and Sportscotland and was officially opened in 2009. It offers an array of first-class facilities and opportunities to sport and exercise enthusiasts and athletes from the local and wider area and comprises of a multi-use sports hall, two large studios, an indoor 3G football pitch, 4 squash courts, a state-of-the-art gym, indoor and outdoor IAAF approved athletics areas, an outdoor football pitch, a dedicated seminar room, and a café.
- RGU: SPORT is Robert Gordon University's £11 million state-of-the-art sports facility which features a 25m swimming pool, three gyms, a climbing wall and bouldering room, café bar, three exercise studios and a vast sports hall. The facility was established in 2005 to improve the sporting infrastructure available for the region and to act as a social hub for the University's Garthdee campus.