Gina, others arrive in Birmingham amid delay in visa transaction

Aug 3, 2022, 12:00 PM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

The six-stranded Gambian athletes have finally arrived in Birmingham, UK, yesterday – Tuesday –  morning after they were granted late travel clearance by the British Embassy in Paris.

Gina Bass, Ebrima Camara, Adama Jammeh, Sengan Jobe, Alieu Joof (all athletes), and Abdourahman Ceesay (judo) left Paris on, Tuesday for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK.

Gina and Ebrima are expected to compete in the 100 and 200 meters races at the Games after just participating in the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, USA.

According to a statement by The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC), “the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) made special arrangements for the athletes’ visas to be obtained in France where they are based; hence, the current situation is beyond the jurisdiction of the GNOC and was in the hands of the proper authorities for an early resolution.”

Meanwhile, the Gambian contingents last week arrived at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

The Games are scheduled to run from 28th July to 8th August 2022 in Birmingham, England; and the 2021 Islamic Games in Konya, Turkey from 9th to 19th August 2022.

However, 16 athletes are set to represent The Gambia in the Commonwealth Games while 25 will represent the country in the 2021 Islamic Games in Konya, Turkey.

Seventy-two Commonwealth Nations including The Gambia are participating in the 280 events in 20 sports.