GNPC to host 2017 Int’l Para Sports Championship

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Gambia National Paralympic Committee (GNPC) is expected to host a sub-regional Para Sports event in December.

The participating countries are Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Mali, Cape Verde and The Gambia.

The championship will bring together persons with disabilities to compete among themselves in different sporting events.

The tournament is also meant to foster unity and strengthen relationship between the Para Sports athletes in countries of the sub-region.

 The last nation to host the championship was Guinea Bissau in 2014 where four nations participated in three-day sporting events, such as athletics, wheelchair, basketball, seating volleyball and football for the blind.

In an interview with this reporter yesterday, Sulayman Colley, president of the GNPC, said his committee is looking forward to the first part of hosting the regional championship.

The technical meeting would bring together all the participating countries to discuss and approve the format of the tournament.

 Mr Colley told this reporter that hosting a series of national and international championships, as preparation for major events for persons with disabilities is part of GNPC’s activities.

The GNPC President then called on the authorities to accompany them on this journey, as they welcome their counterparts in the region to The Gambia.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Henry Gomez, promised his ministry’s support to the committee, as he called on all stakeholders to support the three-day event to promote Para Sports in The Gambia.

The first meeting is expected to take place on 13 November 2017 in Banjul with all participating countries set to attend the technical gathering as part of preparations for the championship. 

Author: Hagie Drammeh GNPC Press Attache
Source: Picture: GNPC President Sulayman Colley