Gambia Paralympics return after FAAZA athletics grand prix

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Paralympians Demba Jarju and Malang Tamba have recently returned home after representing The Gambia in the 11th FAAZA Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai.

The duo competed in the T54 on 100m, 200m and 400m and finished fourth with a qualifying timing of 17 seconds.  About 39 countries participated in the 11th Faaza International Athletics championship for Persons with Disabilities.

In an interview at the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium last Thursday, a member of Gambia National Paralympics Ebrima Colley said during the championship, Gambian delegation made some partnerships with other sister NPC’s in Germany with one of them promising to help them with wheels to upgrade to global standards.

He said top Gambian Paralympic athletes Malang Tamba will be trained on the use of trophies/blade to start running like world’s famous Paralympian Oskar Pistorius of South Africa.

Mr. Colley revealed that the Dubai NPC has also agreed to pay the monthly salaries of GNPC staff volunteers for the next three years. He further revealed that plans are underway to participate in an international event to be held in Saudi Arabia which will bring together 15 countries ahead of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. He applauded Gambia’s Paralympics president Sulayman Colley for his efforts.

Last year, two athletes Isatou Nyang and Modou Gamo both participated in the African Para Powerlifting Championship hosted in Algeria for the first time in the history of Para Sports in the Gambia through the partnership of AGITOS Foundation.

Mr. Colley said two athletes compete in the qualifiers for the powerlifting events in Tokyo 2020. He further stated that they have a great spirit to continue building a great platform for persons with disability.

He noted that they will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on December 3 as they continue to prepare their athletes for future qualifiers and championships.