Gambia Paralympians appeal for help
Monday, July 16, 2012
Gambia’s two Paralympians, Demba Jarjue and Isatou Nyang have pleaded for more support as they hope to make the country proud at this year’s Paralympic Games in London that will take place from the 29th of August to 9th September 2012.
The Gambian duo will be the first Paralympians to represent the country in the quadrennial Games and even though Demba secured qualification timing, his counterpatriot Isatou Nyang will be participating on the wild card basis.
Speaking to reporters at the farewell reception hosted by the British High Commission Friday, the Gambian duo lamented what they called lack of enough support. Demba Jarjue said: “We are facing a lot of difficulties because we are currently training without nothing but we are still going ahead with it because we want to make this country proud but people will not come outside to help us it is only Gambians who can help us.
“We need medicine, good food and good sleeping during our trainings but we are lacking all this and a lot of other things but despite that, I will not be distracted and I hope to do something at the Games for The Gambia that no one has ever done in the world before.”
Isatou Nyang echoed the same comments made by Demba Jarjue and said despite the fact that she is happy with the country’s first participation in an event like this, they have been going through a lot of difficult things with that coupled with the twice a day training they are undergoing and called for Gambians to come to their aid.
Demba Jarjue also used the opportunity to thank his parents and President Jammeh whom he said paid their ticket to the qualification games. He also thanked the President of the Gambia Paralympic Committee, Sulayman Colley for his continuous support.
Author: Baboucarr Camara