What have they turn out to be… Adama Koné: The immense athlete, the minister and the politician


The title of Adama Koné refers back to the man who distinguished himself with three hats: athlete, senior civil servant, politician. He is without doubt one of the athletes we knew and rubbed shoulders with throughout our adolescence and youth within the early Nineteen Eighties. It was due to the cross-country organized in its time by the city corridor of Commune III, underneath the sponsorship of the part UDPM of the Commune. For 3 years, he held first place within the senior class over a distance of 15 km. Like a president, he signaled himself on arrival by an escort of supporters of his membership, Djoliba AC, who framed and galvanized him. Adama Koné in his capability as Minister of Sports activities is, earlier than historical past, the initiator of Mali’s candidacy for the group of Can-2002 in our nation. Dream or megalomania? As a result of Mali had nothing by way of infrastructure. Every part needed to be created. However he insisted a lot on his verbal communication within the Council of Ministers that President Alpha Oumar Konaré ended up becoming a member of the undertaking. Solely six months earlier than the Can, Adama Koné landed from the federal government, when all of the obstacles had been nearly lifted. What was his secret in athletics? How did he attain the highest stage? Why and the way Can-2002 was a growth undertaking? For years, the previous minister has noticed a carp silence, the heading “What occurred to them?” met him to speak about his profession on the three aforementioned ranges.

Dama Koné was an unbeatable athlete within the 800, 1500 and 5000 meters. He was preventing for the glory of the nation, the nice outcomes and never the cash. Tireless all alongside the road, he by no means confirmed indicators of fatigue in a contest. In a cadenced rhythm relying on the space, he gave his opponents actual false hope after which beat them to the publish with an acceleration that mirrored his type of the day.

Does Adama Koné have a secret? No, he replies. Son of peasants, he is aware of what he left behind within the village and why he’s in Bamako. A self-education that retains him away from thrilling issues for a sporting life. Nonetheless, on the eve of Can-2002, the selection of cities to host the matches precipitated a variety of ink to move. We return to this episode with Minister Koné, who was on the heart of the administration of Malian sport.

Adama Kone

“Younger brother Roger you might be awakening an outdated demon. This story disturbed my sleep on the time. All areas despatched a delegation. That of Kayes argued that the mere incontrovertible fact that President Alpha Oumar Konaré is from the primary area is sufficient to retain the Cité des rails. I used to be born in Sikasso, research led me to Ségou. The 2 areas had been vying for my paternity for my assist. On the identical time Mopti and Sevaré had been tearing one another aside over the selection of land. Easy methods to fulfill everybody? Whereas solely two cities had been to be chosen. I introduced a verbal communication to the Council of Ministers, inserting explicit emphasis on social frustration. Additionally I developed the argument on the social undertaking that the competitors provides as a possibility. Authorities solidarity allowed me to unravel the issue. That is how all of the cities had been chosen. Within the case of Mopti, it was determined to construct a coaching floor in Sevaré to calm issues down”.

Initially, Adama Koné practiced all disciplines throughout native weeks in San, within the area of Ségou. Admitted to the DEF in 1973 and directed to Askia Mohamed highschool, his profession took on one other dimension. However he’ll owe this meteoric rise to Namakoro Niaré (African champion in discus and weight on the 1965 African Video games in Brazzaville), president of the Malian Athletics Federation on the time.

It was by way of certainly one of his highschool pals that he put him to the take a look at on the opening match of the season. This barefoot day, Adama Koné challenged the district champion and received the 5000 meters. It was then that Namakoro Niaré understood that the teen just isn’t a novice in athletics. He’ll advise him to hitch a membership, his efficiency asserting a brilliant future. Adama Koné already had the Djoliba in his blood, so he’ll be a part of the massive Pink household. He’ll write some of the lovely pages of his historical past with the file of champion of Mali for ten years (1975-1985) on the 800, 1500 and 5000 meters.

Excessive-level sport and research

A course studded with worldwide competitions: the Athletics Match in Dakar in 1975 with a silver medal, that of Lagos in 1980, the African Video games in Algiers (1978), the Spartakyade match in Moscow (1980), thrice first within the cross-country of the city corridor of Commune III within the senior class (1981, 1982, 1983). Adama Koné has managed to reconcile sports activities and research.

Endowed with a baccalaureate in organic sciences, he entered the Nationwide Faculty of Administration. His larger schooling is sanctioned by a grasp’s diploma in economics. A couple of months after his launch he landed a job at British Petroleum (BP), as a business inspector. And this till April 1994. One among his childhood pals created Stations Ben & Co and entrusted him with the business administration. A duty he assumed for 3 years (1994-1997).

He entered the federal government in 1997 as Minister of Sports activities underneath the colours of the Occasion for Democracy and Progress (PDP). How he migrated into politics to carry excessive workplace? The advantage right here too goes to his pal, Mamadou Kouma, who asks him to be his companion within the struggle within the PDP.

He started by campaigning in Commune III, then in part IV of the district of Bamako. Following a disaster on the PDP, Adama Koné was appointed to go the organizing committee for the extraordinary congress. He indicators his entry into the nationwide political workplace as first secretary for exterior relations. And when it got here to forming a authorities of nationwide unity round Adema, President Alpha Oumar Konaré retained his file and appointed him as Minister of Sports activities.

In all sincerity, the person has distinguished himself by his want to breathe new life into Malian sport basically, and soccer particularly. Right this moment, very modest, he reserves the proper to say the paternity of all of the acts carried out and which have been the topic of success. For him, it’s the results of a collegial work with all of the members of the federal government, his collaborators. With out the assist and accompaniment of those I won’t be able to succeed, he maintains.

When he arrived on the head of the Sports activities Division, the atmosphere was not wholesome. Adama Koné convinces Prime Minister IBK and President Alpha to assist his undertaking. The identical 12 months the Eagles received the Cabral Cup in Banjul, a 12 months later the juniors created a sensation on the Can and the World Cup.

However, in opposition to all odds, the previous athlete left the federal government in June 2001. Within the meantime, one other disaster inside the PDP precipitated the creation of his celebration with different events: Occasion for Democracy and Renewal as a result of the municipal elections loomed on the horizon. Which political formation couldn’t resist the varied adventures of the democratic recreation. It finally ends up merging with the URD. Subsequently, Adama Koné made a transfer to Adema, then to Codem. However for private causes, he claims to have taken a step again.


Acknowledged for his rigor, he was requested to steer the Equestrian Sports activities Standardization Committee in 2014. Appointed for a 12-month mission, he accomplished it in six months with the institution of a professional workplace. For him, the soiled little one after his tub, have to be returned to his mother and father. In any other case horse homeowners had instructed his resignation with a view to run. However Adama Koné says he revered the honour positioned in his modest particular person.

Alternatively, with the political and safety state of affairs, he determined to be extra energetic within the Alliance for an Clever and Profitable Transition.

The person is married and has three kids. Pretty much as good reminiscences, he remembers the congratulations for providers rendered to the nation, from President Alpha Oumar Konaré within the Council of Ministers the day after the coronation of the Eagles on the Cabral Cup in Banjul, his election as municipal councilor in Commune IV (1992), and the varied medals acquired throughout his profession.

His failure on the Confejes course in France the place he missed the Mali file due to non-compliance with the coach’s directions, the defeat of the Eagles in opposition to the Elephants of Côte d’Ivoire in Bamako on October 4, 1998 are his unhealthy reminiscences.

Want it’s recalled that instantly after this assembly, the President requested PM IBK to prepare a gathering with the gamers on the Resort Faso within the presence of the Minister of Sports activities. As a result of it was reported to him that he was inconsolable and couldn’t maintain again his tears. So the PM reassured the younger individuals and their administration of the assist of the federal government regardless of the sudden defeat. No less than the Ivorians had trembled earlier than this innocent purpose.

In life Adama Koné likes sport, openness, neighborhood life. He hates lies and treachery.


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