Gambian Athletes in Kenya Disenchanted with GNOC

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The two Gambian athletes, currently training in Kenya under the Olympic Solidarity sponsorship, have expressed total disappointment with the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) for failing to honour all the promises made to them before leaving for the training camp a year ago.

The Gambia’s best marathon runner, Ansu Sowe and sprinter Bakary Jabbi are not happy with the arrangements made by GNOC.

Speaking to Journalists at the Banjul International Airport before leaving to Kenya after a four-week vacation in The Gambia, Ansu Sowe said that the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) promised that during their training period in Kenya, they would pursue their education and the same time undergo training but to their surprise they were told by the camp authorities that they are not entitle to pursue their education.

He added that they were only allowed to undergo a three-month computer class and since then they are only allow to train.

“All the other 12 nationalities in the camp are undergoing their education plus the training except us,” he revealed.

Ansu Sowe went further to reveal that the other trainees in the camp receive training equipment from their countries but for them they have to buy their own equipment from their monthly allowances.

“Even when we traveled to Italy for a training camp for the All African Games held in Algeria, they were forced to buy our own equipment despite preparing for a continental championship,” he stressed.

Asked if they have laid their complaints to the GNOC, Ansu Sowe said that he personally wrote and later spoken to the Executive Director of GNOC George Gomez about the conditions and he (Mr Gomez) promise to address the situation but still now nothing is done about it.

“We are anxiously waiting for them to take the proper measures to solve the problem as we have only nine months before the end of the training camp,” he concluded.

Author: By Ebou Manneh
Source: The Point