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Spotlight on Gambia's Karatee star Baboucarr Mbye

Feb 11, 2010, 1:12 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

It might not be as popular as other leading sports in the country, but it has taken a dramatic turn, compared to the years when it was almost dormant and hardly attract people's attention.

Karatee has in recent years witnessed a few successes, even at the international level.

One man who decided to choose Karatee to the exclusion of other leading sports in the country, including the famous football is the 17-year-old Karatee star, who started his career with a club, called Fying Tigers in Latrikunda .

Baboucarr Mbye whose love for Karatee prompted him to start a Karatee club to be inaugurated on 22nd February, 2010, at the Serrekunda West Mini-Stadium, began his career with Flying Tigers Karatee Club in Latrikunda German in 1994. He has since managed to establish himself as a promising Karatee star in The Gambia, despite enduring some challenges.

He was succeeded in his attempt to leave a legacy in the area of Karatee as his wonderful performances, together with his colleagues from the Gambia Karatee Federation, who had helped the country finished third in the zone II Karatee Championship held in the Senegalese Capital, Dakar in 2003. And in the process, he started to gain recognition as a result of his unbelievable display in Karatee, thanks to the efforts and support of the wife of his uncle, whom he said, has served as a source of inspiration in his strive to bring Karatee to the limelight.

Babucarr Mbye was also instrumental in guiding the Flying Tigers to 7 Karate title, and hoped to add many more accolades to his name.

"I could consider myself successful, considering some of the successes I managed to achieve in Karatee, including winning the Kruma Karatee Championship title which was held at the Independence Stadium in May of last year," the 17-year-old Flying Tigers Karatee star told Pointsport in this interview.

Babucarr has also set his eyes on following the footsteps of his sister who was one time champions of Qatar Karatee championship as far back in 1999.