The National Olympic Committee of São Tomé and Príncipe officially opens its renovated headquarters
The National Olympic Committee of São Tomé and Príncipe (COSTP) organized a ceremony to officially inaugurate the organization’s renovated headquarters.
Dr Jorge Bom Jesus, Prime Minister of the African island nation, cut a ribbon at the new base at Quinta Santo António.
Besides the COSTP, the General Directorate of Sports and the Youth Institute will also be housed in the building, which is the former palace of the pioneers.
Jesus was joined by the Minister of Sports of São Tomé and Príncipe, the mayor of the district of Água Grande and a representative of UNICEF at the inauguration.
The headquarters includes a computer room that the national federations can use if they do not have their own base.
Renovation work began in November last year after an agreement was reached which led COSTP and the Sports Ministry to jointly fund the project.
São Tomé and Príncipe, a former Portuguese colony, made their Olympic debut in Atlanta in 1996 and have competed in every Summer Games since.
They never won a medal and sent three athletes to Rio 2016, in track and field and canoe.
In April last year, the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, hosted the President of COSTP, João Manuel da Costa Alegre Afonso and a delegation from the NOC to discuss sport in the country.