Samba Bah wins Standard Chartered Belt and Road relay

Monday, April 29, 2019

Samba Bah of The Gambia Police Force last Thursday emerged winner of the Standard Chartered Belt and Road relay (Banjul City Race) which was organised in partnership with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in The Gambia and the National Sports Council.

Bah completed the 12.5km race which began at the Bank’s traffic light office and ended at the Arch in Banjul, with a timing of 39:30:53. Nyima Camara of The Gambia Armed Forces emerged winner in the female category with a timing of 49:09:13.

The race brought together 60 Gambian and 8 international athletes selected from the Bank’s diverse footprint across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas and 30 Chinese runners from the Chinese community in The Gambia.

At the end of the race, the 8 international athletes, top three Gambian male athletes, top female athlete, first Standard Chartered Bank Gambia Ltd athlete and first Chinese runner who competed and completed their race were awarded medals. All athletes who completed the race were also awarded certificates.

Chief Executive Officer Olukorede Adenowo (K.O) said the relay aims at highlighting the Bank’s continued commitment to the positive impact of the Belt and Road initiative to communities and businesses globally. “The Relay, also called Banjul City Race has been created to symbolically showcase our commitment to the Belt and Road Initiative.”

Zhai Yanping, Charge de Affair of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China thanked the Bank for hosting the race, saying the Belt and Road Initiative focuses on infrastructure, investment, trade, policy coordination, financial integration and people-to-people bonds.

He noted that China and its global partners are committed to building a peaceful and prosperous international community with a brighter shared future.

Herman Kambugu, international athlete from Uganda said the race was amazing and the weather was fantastic, adding that racing with Chinese and Gambian athletes was an amazing experience and initiative.

Samba Bah, winner of the male category described all participants as winners and thanked organisers and all the athletes.

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb