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GNOC Confirms Gambian Athlete Qualification to London Games

Dec 5, 2011, 2:37 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Ms Beatrice Allen, 1st vice-president of the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), has confirmed to members of the GNOC media committee that Gambian athlete sensation Suwaibou Sanneh has qualified for the Olympic Games scheduled to take place in London next year.

The Gambian sprinter, who currently holds the national record in the game, has become the only Gambian athlete that achieved the qualification standard ahead of the London Olympic Games and is determined to represent the country to the best of his ability.

Sanneh set that record during the world athletics games in Daegu.

However, the GNOC number two is extremely delighted with Suwaibou’s achievement.  She said: “I am proud to announce that Suwaibou Sanneh is going to the London Olympic Games as a qualified candidate.

“We will launch a protest to identify two other athletes in addition to Suwaibou during the selection process for the London Games.

 “The selection process will include one male and one female with young athlete Fatou Sowe likely to be included in the selection due to her wonderful performance during the athletics championship held in Singapore.”

According to Ms Allen, who is also an IOC member, the international boxing federation has selected a Gambian boxer in the name of Ensa Jammeh to participate in the Olympic Games and has given him sponsorship to go to the UK.

Ms Allen was however quick to reveal that the GNOC has committed itself to financing Ensa’s participation to the qualification competition in Morocco next year.

“We had our hopes on volleyball that they would qualify but somehow they went to the qualifying round in Nigeria and dropped but we hope to have wrestling and boxing for the Olympic Games,” the GNOC vice president said.

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