Gambia leaves for Commonwealth games

Friday, March 23, 2018

Gambia delegation for the Commonwealth games will leave the country’s shores for Dakar on transit to Australia to participate in this year’s Commonwealth games.

Adama Jammeh, Gina Bass, Ebrima Camara, Ola Buwaro, Abdoulie Assin and Assan Faye will represent The Gambia in the games. They will be coached by Mariama Sallah, Modou Njie and Joko Colley with Mohammed Janneh as the mission chief.

Equally, the Commonwealth Games Association has invited GNOC President and Secretary General to its congress while a government delegation too will be headed by Sports Minister Henry Gomez accompanied by DPS Aboulie Kah at the invitation of the organisers.

Dodou ‘Capi’ Joof, President of the Gambia National Olympic Committee said The Gambia has been preparing for the games since the government made the pronouncement to rejoin the commonwealth.

Mr. Joof said it is tough for them since funding is not readily available but they feel they cannot miss the opportunity to take part in the games for the sake of the athletes who need to be exposed.

He expressed hope that the athletes will do well and advised them to continue training and to remain disciplined at all times. He also thanked their sponsors. 

Abdoulie Jallow, Gambia National Olympic Committee Secretary General said there is high hope in the team as they have been preparing for other events.

Marcel Mendy, Executive Director National Sports Council said The Gambia has been longing for the competition after a long absence, saying coaches made no mistake in selecting the 6 athletes.

Mr. Mendy called on the athletes to challenge anyone that comes their way, saying they are not only going there to participate but compete.

Mariama Sallah, head coach of the team said it is a blessing to return to the games, adding that, they have been preparing throughout the season.

She added that the games would serve as preparation for them for the forthcoming African Seniors in Nigeria.

She assured that the athletes would improve on their timings in the events that they are not able to win during the games.

Alex Gomez, head of marketing at Trust Bank Gambia Limited whose banks supported the GNOC with D30,000 said they have a very strong commitment for the development of sports in The Gambia.

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb