The Gambia National Paralympic Committee is set to take part in the maiden sub-regional international sporting competition involving paralympians to be hosted by Guinea Bissau early next month.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Observer Sports, Sulayman Colley the president of The Gambia National Paralympic Committee made this disclosure after returning from a recent meeting in Bissau.
“The meeting in Bissau emanated from a meeting we had in Banjul earlier on where we discussed with the delegation coming from Zigunchor (Senegal) and Guinea Bissau,” he said.
“The idea is to set up a sub-regional body to coordinate sports for disability in order to have competition among ourselves within the sub-region because it is as important as all the time our focus is only going out of this region to participate in other competitions.”
Quite aware of the challenge the initiative comes with, he said it will help them to be able to organise competitions and have athletes compete and then from there they can be able to build a great potential of athletes that can feature in the international competition. “We had the first meeting in Banjul, second in Zigunchor and the third was just recently in Bissau.”
Colley who was elected to chair the committee in Zigunchor said four countries (The Gambia, Senegal, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry) are involved, while hoping to have Mali and Mauritania on board soon.
“The Gambia’s delegation will depart on the 30th November and will comprise of wheel chair basketball and athletics. Our athletes are fully prepared for the competition because we started preparation few months ago getting ready for this event,” he told Observer Sports.
He concluded by appealing for support and motivation from local and international bodies to help support the team as they prepared to bring glory to the country.