Friday, July 13, 2012

Britain bids farewell to Gambia’s Olympians

Olympic Stadium
Gambia’s Olympians and Paralympians have been given a send-off on July 13, 2012 at reception hosted by the British High Commission (BHC) in the country. 
Gambia is due to partake in the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic competitions that are less than two weeks away. 
Britain’s top diplomat in Banjul, Mr. David Moley, said it is with great pleasure that Britain is to host the athletes that everyone in The Gambia would be watching in the coming weeks.
He knows the country has little or no chances of coming near the medals but wished the athletes the best of luck when they compete in the Games beginning on July 27. 
The country is sending athletes to compete for the first time in the Paralympics, games set aside for persons living with disabilities, and according to Mr. Moley, he is extremely pleased to be wishing the best of luck to the two Paralympians, Isatou Nyang and Demba Jarju.
“The UK wants these games to be the most accessible ever. Hopefully these Gambian Paralympians will become heroes and role models to the many disabled youth and children across The Gambia, showing that disability needs not to be a barrier,” Moley said.
2012 is a great year for the UK, with numerous celebrations, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee culminating in a month-long cultural festival, leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games, High Commissioner, David Morley told diplomats, politicians, athletes and journalists at the reception.
An estimated over four billion people are expected to watch the games within and outside Britain, a place Moley said is a great to visit, study, work or do business. 
We all look forward to seeing the team come back home with not only glory but to expose The Gambia in the world events, said Gambia’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member, Mrs. Beatrice Allen. 
According to her, London 2012 marks an historic moment for The Gambia, especially the athletes representing their country.   

Written by Modou S. Joof 

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