Gambia returns to Commonwealth games

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Gambia was accepted back into the Commonwealth of Nations on 8th 2018.

The leaders of the other member countries approved the Gambia’s readmission unanimously. The move to re-apply had likewise been approved unanimously by our own National Assembly. The 2018 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games or gold coast 2018, is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that was held at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia between 4th and 15th April 2018.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin CBE, the Commonwealth Games Chief Executive Officer David Grevemberg CBE and other members of the CGF in a conference call with the President, Secretary General and Administrative Officer of the GNOC invited the Gambia to participate in these Games. It was agreed that The Gambia be represented by 6 (six) athletes, two coaches, chaperon for the female minor athlete and the Chef de Mission.  In addition, President and Secretary General of the GNOC were invited to attend the General Assembly and the Games. All the athletes except one represented the Gambia at last year’s Islamic Games held on Baku Azerbaijan and have been training continuously to prepare for upcoming continental games including the All Africa Games. 

The team with the exception of the President and Secretary General were hosted at the Games village and the entire delegation participated in the opening ceremony.  All the athletes participated in their respective events. It is gratifying to inform the general public that Gina Bass went to the semi-finals of the 100M and 200M whilst the men’s relay team also reached the semi-finals.

The GNOC wishes to inform the general public that on the day of the closing ceremony, two days before the departure of our delegation, Mr. Modou Njie (Coach), Ms. Joko Colley (chaperon) and Mr. Abdoulie Asim left the Games village without the knowledge of their colleagues. The unfortunate event was reported to the relevant authorities with the guidance of the games organisers. The authorities were provided with all the required information to help with their investigations.  However, we are informed that their visas are still valid and the authorities would take the necessary actions after its expiry on 15th May 2018.  The GNOC therefore considers the actions of the three to be insensitive, inconsiderate and unpatriotic. We therefore await the findings of the investigations, which would share with the same medium at the material time.