Aïcha Garad Ali was on 4 January 2017 elected for another four-year term of office at the helm of the Djibouti National Olympic and Sports Committee. A trained physical education teacher, Aïcha Garad Ali played for and captained the Djibouti women’s handball team, before becoming its coach. She has also served in several capacities as a sports administrator: Vice President of the Djibouti handball Federation (1987-1993); Secretary-General of the National Sports Commission for the Reformation of the Djibouti Olympic and Sports Movement (2004); Chairlady of the “Women and Sport” Commission at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (1999-2005). She has been at the helm of the country’s NOC since 2005. Faissal Abdourahman was also elected Secretary-General during the same session.