KIGALI: President of Basketball Africa League wins Sporting Excellence Award at 13th Guba Awards

The President of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) (www.theBAL.com), Mr. Amadou Gallo Fall, has been awarded the Sporting Excellence Award as part of the 13e GUBA Awards (Grow, Unite Build Africa), which took place on September 29, 2022 at the Intare Conference Arena in Kigali, Rwanda.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Amadou Gallo Fall said: “Nothing in my career had prepared me to become who I am today, nothing was drawn in advance. It is a series of personal events that have brought me here. »

Mr. Fall has already been recognized with several leadership awards for his contribution to the development of basketball and the promotion of young people on the African continent. He was notably included in the ranking of the 100 most influential Africans established by the magazine New African (2019), received the Sports Leadership Award from the South African Sport Industry (2018), as well as the African Leader 4 Change Award (2017) .

Separately, Mr. Fall is also the founder of SEED (Sports for Education and Economic Development), a global non-profit organization established in 1998 with a mission to use sport as a means to inspire and empower young Africans. promising people and to support their overall development to prepare them to become global citizens.

In his capacity as President of the BAL, Mr. Amadou Gallo Fall led the launch of the historic league in May 2021, for which he defines the vision and strategy for the years to come. Mr. Fall oversees the sporting activities and management of the league and guides its efforts to build a comprehensive basket ecosystem in Africa.

During the second season of the BAL, which ended last May in Kigali, it was the Tunisian club Union Sportive de Monastir that was crowned champion. During this second season, 38 matches were played over three months in three emblematic African cities: Dakar (Senegal), Cairo (Egypt) and Kigali (Rwanda). The decentralized format decided upon when the league was launched enabled more supporters to experience their passion for the BAL 2022 in person: the final was played to a sold-out crowd in front of 10,000 spectators.

Mr. Fall said, “The second season of the BAL has also proven that sport and entertainment can be an engine of economic growth for Africa and help usher African economies into a new era of prosperity. »

This year, the GUBA Awards had the theme “Ndabaga – Drumbeat of Dreamers and Legends” and named historical heroes from the Rwandan and African communities. Applying this theme, the GUBA Awards aimed to convey the power of determination and focus. Ndabaga’s story is a key element of Rwandan folklore that symbolizes bravery and determination.

Created to shine a light on the most inspiring personalities and great pioneers of Africa and its Diaspora, the GUBA Awards have received the unconditional support of leading personalities, including Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo (President of Ghana) and Mr. Jean‑Claude Kassi Brou (President of the ECOWAS Commission).

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