Sep 16, 2008, 5:41 AM
Lamin Sanyang, a medical lab technician at Edward Francis Small Teaching
Hospital last Tuesday donated a racing bicycle to Yankuba Jahateh, a triathlon
athlete of The Gambia Triathlon Association.
In presenting the bicycle to Yankuba at the Independence Stadium in Bakau, Mr. Sanyang said as a former national athlete he feels obligated to give back. He added that government alone cannot do it all and therefore partners should complement its efforts.
He highlighted the need to introduce inter-schools bicycle race in primary schools and then to higher levels in order to develop the sport in the country. He also urged Yankuba to make best use of the bike.
Yankuba Jahateh said the bicycle will take him to another level in his career because it will give him maximum training.
According to him, his previous bicycle could not take him to certain distance due to its condition. He called on authorities to support the sport as well as urged triathlon athletes to continue to work hard.
DeJean Tommy, president of Gambia Triathlon Association described the gesture as a great thing because the association is new and triathlon requires three disciplines - swimming, cycling and marathon.
He pointed out that having the right equipment is essential in sport to be able to perform well. “The donation is a great boost in many ways because it shows that people are interested in the sport,” he noted, while encouraging athletes to take up the sport.
He remarked that triathlon will be performed in a safe, fair and honorable way in The Gambia, saying they are looking to grow and take the sport throughout the nation as they aim to change attitude of sports in the country by making sports for all.
“We will take Gambian sport where it should be,” he further said, adding that they want to create a new environment for athletes to be able to perform to the best of their abilities.
According to him, sports should not just be coming to the tracks and performing but leaving legacies behind.