Gambia National Paralympic Committee (GNPC) yesterday Wednesday 22nd November
2017 briefed members of the media on the level of their preparedness ahead of
hosing the International Para Sports Championship.
The GNPC will host the second edition of the International Para Sports Championship from December 3rd - 9th 2019 at the Independence Stadium among other venues.
The championship will bring together 250 persons with disabilities from 9 ECOWAS countries to compete among themselves in different sporting events.
The tournament is meant to foster unity and strengthen relationship between the Para Sports athletes in countries of the sub-region.
The first edition was hosted by Guinea Bissau where nations participated in three days of sporting events, such as athletics, wheelchair basketball, seating volleyball and football for the blind.
Hagie Drammeh, Press Attaché of the Gambia National Paralympic Committee said the championship will commence with a march past as part of activities marking World Disability day.
He added that they are relying on government and all Gambians for financial assistance to ensure they host a successful championship.
The championship Mr Drammeh said will serve as a classification for participating countries.
Sulayman Colley, President Gambia National Paralympic Committee said the Gambia hosting the event is a development that can be achieved by promoting our athletes who have participated in various international events.
He appealed to government for support because today they are the physically challenged ones (disabled) but as no one knows the future, they may be paving the way for people with disabilities to enjoy life fully as any other person in the world.
He pointed out that they have the backing of the International Paralympic Committee and the African Paralympic Committee who will send them technicians.
He noted that they are pleased to have the government, private sector among others who are willing to help them achieve the objectives of hosting the event.
Ebou Secka of the National Sports Council assured the association of government support and partnership, noting the Gambia National Paralympic Committee is one of the national sporting bodies that is doing well in terms of organising national competitions as well as qualifying for international championships.