EYEAFRICA TV: Tunis, TUNISIA:- The Gambia’s Paralympic athletic team will be returning home on Monday with a historic four medals following a successful campaign at the Tunis 2021 World Para Athletics Grand Prix.
Africa’s largest Para sport competition ended on Saturday in Tunisia, where about 480 athletes from 59 countries took part in the competition.
The Gambia’s team won four medals, a historic achievement since the establishment of the national team in 2002.
The leading athlete, Malang Tamba won two bronze in the T54 100m, 400m and gold in the 800m race while his compatriot Demba Jarju won silver in the 800m T54 race.
Speaking to Eye Africa TV, the team’s head coach, Abdoulie Danso expressed delight over the achievements of his athletes.
“As of today, am the happiest coach because in the history of para sports in The Gambia, this is the first time our athletes have achieved such awards since the establishment of Gambia’s Paralympic athletic team in 2002.”
The success he said, is as a result of several months of hard work and dedication under the leadership of Sulayman Colley, President of National Paralympic Committee.
“Almost six days in a week, our athletes train both on the trak and in the gym. So, because of the hard work, dedication and determination, we are able to achieve this milestone,” he said.
According to Mr. Danso, the success will boost his team’s membership in para athletics as they are already recognized by relevant authorities both at home and abroad.
“We really have financial constraints because sometimes even securing air ticket is a problem, that’s why we fly through Dakar instead of Banjul. Also, the racing chairs we are using are designed for training of new athletes not for active competitions,” head coach Danso said, calling on government to secure at least two racing bikes for them so as to be able to bring more medals home.
He thanked the president of NPC, Mr Sulayman Colley, The National Sports Council, MOYS, GNOC, the Media, and the entire NPC family for their continued support.
The team will arrive at Banjul Terminal Monday morning via Dakar.