May 8, 2009, 6:22 AM
With less than two weeks before the next Brufut Marathon Run, last year’s female champion Hoja Secka of the Gambia Armed Forces left Banjul at the weekend for the United Kingdom, where she will take part in the Bradford marathon scheduled for December 2.
Miss Secka’s trip was facilitated by the Brufut Marathon Association (BMA) and its travel partners Brussels Airlines, which annually donates an air-ticket to any European destination for winner of the Brufut marathon girls’ competition.
Speaking at the formal presentation of the ticket to the Gambia Armed Forces athlete, Brussels Airlines’ head of marketing Kabiro Darboe congratulated the BMA for fulfilling a promise to register the female champion in an international event, and reaffirmed his company’s trust and support of the Brufut marathon.
He said Brussels airlines is committed to providing services to any community it operates in and sport is one area it has taken very important.
He again pledged that Brussels Airlines will give a free air ticket to the winner of the soon to come Brufut Marathon (on Dec.8).
In response, the chairman of the BMA, Ba S. Jabbie, thanked Brussels Airlines for the crucial partnership it has provided the Brufut marathon.
Mr Jabbi further declared that with the partnership of Brussels Airlines, the BMA would be optimistic that every female champion each year would be sent to the UK for an international marathon.
The presentation was witnessed by Max Jallow, BMA secretary general, and Lamin Cham, BMA public relations officer.
Ms Secka is accompanied by her coach Warrant Officer Modou Lamin Jatta.