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Gambia’s chase for Olympic medal in Rio kicks off today

Aug 8, 2016, 11:36 AM | Article By: Namory Trawally in Rio Brazil

Barely three days after the spectacular opening ceremony of the 31st Olympic Games, at the world famous Maracana Stadium in Rio, Gambian competitors will begin their chase for the first-ever Olympic medal in the history of the Game today Monday.

To start the ball rolling, Finish-based Gambian judoka Faye Alex Njie will enter the ring today in the 73kg category of the competition.

Faye Njie earned qualification to the Rio games after winning silver medal at the All African Games and earning a continental quota spot from the African championship held in Tunis in April.

The 22-year-old Gambian, who fights in the 73kg category, will face Didar Khamza of Kazakhstan at 13.00pm (Brazil), 16.00pm (Gambia) today in the first round.

Sixty-four judokas from all over the world will compete in this category in a long day event.

Faye Alex Njie - who pioneers Gambia’s Olympic debut in judo and arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday morning companied by his finish coach - said he is proud to represent his fatherland in the Olympic Games.

Commenting on his first opponent, Faye said Didar Khamza is a good judoka but not unbeatable.

The son of Ebrima Njie of Njaba Kunda of North Bank Region, Alex, did not think twice before choosing to wear the Gambian flag, despite a lot of pressure from other countries.