Confirmed: Gina & co will leave for Commonwealth Games Tomorrow

The Gambia Athletics Team stranded in Paris, France earlier today at the training ground

The six stranded Gambian athletes in Paris, France, are expected to fly out of the French capital tomorrow, Tuesday, for Birmingham, the UK, to attend the ongoing Commonwealth games, TAT sports can report. 

Adama Jammeh, the team captain, confirmed the development to TAT and said they received communication to be at the UK embassy in Paris for Visas and clearance on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, at 10 am GMT. 

Adama Jammeh, the team captain

‘ Well, as the team captain, I am a bit disturbed while other athletes are in the games in the UK and we are here in France, but I am glad today, at least we are finally leaving for the commonwealth games. I know we will miss one game but can concentrate on the other games, Jammeh, who has been representing Gambian in global Athletics, told Alkamba Times from Paris, France, on Monday evening. 

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

They expected to compete in the 100 and 200 meters races at the Games. Instead, Bass and Camara left the United States two weeks after participating in Oregon’s just-ended World Athletics Championships. 

Meanwhile, in a joint press statement on Sunday, the Gambia National Olympics Committee and Ministry of Youth and Sports said,

 “The GCF 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 is in the hands of the proper authorities for an early resolution.’ 

 “We have learned that the public and fans are concerned about the delay in entry clearance from UK government authorities for some of our athletes, the statement said. 

“The GNOC and the Ministry of Youth and Sports would like to inform fans that they are in constant contact with the relevant UK authorities (i.e., the UK government and the President of the Commonwealth Games Federation) via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to expedite the entry clearance of those athletes currently in France.”

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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