Gambian judoka star set for Olympic fight today

Jul 26, 2021, 2:13 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Gambian judo star Faye Njie will take to the stage in his opening 2020 Tokyo Olympics fight today, Monday 26 July 2021 against a Syrian or Tajikistan opponent in the men's 73 kg category.

The 27-year-old Gambian-Finnish judoka, who got a pass by in the first round, said his final preparations have been going well.

Faye did his final camp in Finland with Puerto Rican Olympians last week and said he felt confident towards the competition.

Since his arrival in Tokyo, Japan earlier this week, he has been training hard and also said organisers have been taking care of everything very well.

He commended The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) officials in Tokyo, saying they have been very helpful and have sorted out things for him. “I couldn't be more satisfied.”

He further thanked Gambians for their wishes, saying: “as always, I will do my best to make you proud.”

The Gambian judoka champion will be making his second Olympic Games appearance in a row for The Gambia this month at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Faye Njie won Silver losing to Algeria’s Fethi Nourine in the men’s under-73kg at the 2021 African Judo Championships held in Dakar, Senegal in May 2021to secure his qualification to this year’s Olympic Games. 

He qualified to Tokyo by continental quota spot as one of the 13 best male athletes from Africa who gained the continental quota for Tokyo.

Njie was the first ever Olympic judoka for The Gambia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, in the men's 73 kg, where he was eliminated by Didar Khamza in the first round.

He won a silver medal at the 2015 All African Games in Brazzaville which qualified him for the Olympic Games in Rio based upon the continental quota for Africa. Faye is the first Gambian judo fighter to win a silver medal in the history of the All Africa Games (AAG).  In 2017, Faye Njie won a Silver medal at the 2017 African Senior Judo Championships held in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Meanwhile, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially opened on 23 July 2021.