Queens Baton Relay arrives in Gambia

Mr. Abdoulie Jallow, the secretary general of the Gambia National Olympic Committee

The Birmingham 2022 Queens Baton Relay will arrive in The Gambia Tuesday, 19th of October 2021, spending three days exploring the culture and community in the country.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is a games tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities from across Commonwealth during the build-up to the games.

The Relay began on 7th October 2021 at Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty the Queen will place her message to the Commonwealth in to the Baton. The Baton then takes on an incredible 294-day journey through all nations and territories of the Commonwealth, arriving back in England in July 2022.

Mr. Abdoulie Jallow, the secretary general of the Gambia National Olympic Committee, also the Baton manager for The Gambia in this year’s edition, said the Baton is expected to arrive in the Gambia on October 19th 2021 and already the Olympic House is looking forward to an exciting and eventful visit with series of engagements and activities that involve the president of The Gambia running with the Baton and touring major settlements in Banjul, Kanifing Municipality and West Coast Region.

Both mayors of Banjul and Kanifing will run with the baton as well as some students from identified schools and athletes in the country.

The British High Commission in The Gambia, and the Ministry of Youths and Sports will also host the Baton before its departure to Sierra Leone.

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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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