Apr 29, 2009, 8:50 AM
The British High Commission on Friday hosted a farewell reception to wish the Gambian Olympic and Paralympics athletes goodbye and good luck as they are set to leave for London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games that commences on Saturday 21 July.
The event, hosted by the British High Commissioner at its residence in Cape Point, was attended by members of the diplomatic corps and Gambia government officials.
Speaking at the event, the British High Commissioner, David Morley, said: “Over 4 billion people are expected to watch the Games and the eyes of the world will be on the UK.
“We want to show the world what a great place the UK is good to visit, study, and work and do business.
“Today, it is with great pleasure to host the athletes that everyone in The Gambia will be watching in the coming weeks. I wish them all the very best of luck.”
He said further: “I am also extremely pleased to be wishing the best of luck to The Gambia’s first Paralympics team. The UK wants these games to be the most accessible ever, using the opportunity to highlight disability rights across the world.
“I hope that these Gambian Paralympics will become heroes and role models to the many disabled youth and children across The Gambia, showing that disability needs not be a barrier and they too can achieve their dreams.”