Oct 12, 2009, 6:00 AM
Gambian athletes in the maiden Youth Olympic Games opened their contest for the first-ever laurel for The Gambia in their various events.
Omar Ceesay, Fatou Sowe, Ousman Gibba and Binta Jatta all short-distance runners will be engaged in events, such as 100m girls, as well as 200m boys.
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Another Gambian athlete in the name of Binta Jatta will also compete in the games in the girls 200m event which takes centre stage on Thursday and Sunday.
Yesterday, Gambian athlete Omar Ceesay competed in the 100m event which is expected to be continued this Saturday before a final result could be released.
The first Youth Olympic Games in
The President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge who addressed the athletes, as part of his speech at the officially opening, told the athletes that their participation at the Youth Olympic Games would help them learn the difference between winning and being a champion.
"To win, you have to inspire admiration for your character, as well as for your physical talent."
The Youth Olympic Games will also introduce for the first time the mixed-gender competition format that will see both boys and girls competing in the same event in sports, such as triathlon and swimming, among others.