Faye Njie to represent Gambia in Summer Universiade

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Gambian international judo and Olympian Faye Njie will represent the country in the forthcoming Summer Universiade to be held in Napoli (ITA), from 3th to 14 the July 2019.

The Universiade is an international multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). It is the largest multi-sport event in the world apart from the Olympic Games. The most recent summer Universiade was held in 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.

According to Gambia National University Sports Federation (NUSF), the governing body for university sports in The Gambia (NUSF), this will be the second time Gambia is taking part in the Summer Universiade since its formation. Its first appearance was in 2015 in Gwangju, South Korea.

The Gambia NUSF as the legal governing body for university sports in The Gambia got its full membership from both African University Sports Federation (FASU) and FISU in 2015, as the only recognised governing body for university sports in The Gambia.

Faye Njie, 25, is the first Gambian to have qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 in Judo. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in physical education at the University of Wolverhampton in United Kingdom (UK). He will be competing in the +66kg to 73kg men lightweight.

Faye’s towering performance earned him a silver medal at the 2015 All African Games in Brazzaville, Congo. He has become the second African fighter to win Gold Medal in the British University Championship in Sheffield, after Ghana’s Emmanuel Nartie.

According to the Secretary General of the association, they have been grappling with some challenges over the years, but is hoping to create synergy for growth.

Talks have been going on with the Gambia Athletic Association, Gambia Volleyball Association and Table Tennis Association to assist on technical and capacity building.