Judoka Faye Njie

Faye Njie, the first Gambian athlete to ever win a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, has told The Alkamba Times (TAT) that he hopes his medal will inspire a new generation of Gambians judokas.

The 28-year-old made history at the Birmingham Games on Tuesday when he won a silver medal after defeating his opponent in the -73kg men’s category.

Faye told TAT Sports from his base in Birmingham: “I hope this medal can work as an inspiration for the future generation of judokas in the Gambia. The bar has been set now, and they will put it higher and reach the gold medal.

“Today was a great day for me, as well as for the Gambia. It is always an honor to represent the country; bringing the medal back home is the best way to show it.”

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Bakary Badjie, who is also in Birmingham with the Gambian athletes, told TAT: “It’s an excellent win for Faye Njie and The Gambia. The Gambia last won a bronze in our first participation in 1970 (in the long jump).

“So while the wait has been long, the Ministry and the whole country are glad that Njie finally can end that and win a silver medal in Judo. We now look forward to more wins from athletes and Beach Volleyball.”

According to the Gambia National Olympics Committee, Judoka Faye Njie appeared in the 2022 Birmingham Games full of endurance, winning all his fights en route to a match for the gold medal against Daniel Powell of England.

“It was a match. Njie put his sweat, blood, and everything to become golden. The fight settled in the golden score where the British overcame the Gambian.

“This is Faye’s third major accolade for the West African nation – bronze in 2015 at the African Games, silver in 2021 at the African Seniors, and now silver at the Commonwealth Games,” the national Olympics body said in a statement while congratulating him.

Finland-based Judoka Faye Njie of Gambia won a silver medal at 2015 All African Games in Brazzaville. He qualified for the Rio Olympic Games based on the continental quota for Africa. The Gambian judoka narrowly lost to current Asian Games gold medallist Didar KHAMZA (KAZ) in his contest at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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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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