“Athletes to represent the country in the Tokyo 2021 games should stay clean from unwanted substances that will harm their career and the country” President Olympics team.
By Hawa Dauda in Freetown
Sierra Leone Swimming, Diving and Water Polo Associations have presented their national swimming team for the Tokyo 2020 Games to the Sierra Leone National Olympic Committee. The presentation brought together members of the Olympic Committee, Presidents of sporting associations, patrons, and swimmers from the different categories.
“The swimming association never gave up hope for progress amidst COVID-19. That’s why the executive had always encouraged swimmers to do physical activities that would keep them fit for the competitions when they recommence. We look forward to a successful Olympic Games and with determined efforts, we shall bring back good news.”, Mohamed Abdul Turay, the Secretary General of the Swimming Federation said.
President of National Olympic Committee, Dr Patrick Coker said the Swimming Association has been consistent in their activities. He commended them for presenting qualified athletes, and warned the swimmers/athletes who are going to represent the country in the Tokyo 2021 games to stay clean from unwanted substances that will harm their career and the country. “I trust that the swimmers who are going to represent Sierra Leone will serve as good Ambassadors and bring laurels to our country”, he said.
Unisa Deen Kargbo, Chef de Mission National Olympic Committee said the paper work has been completed for Tokyo 2020 and all swimmers and officials that will be attending the games from Sierra Leone have already been registered in the Olympic System.
Women in sports representative, sports journalist Hawa Dauda admonished the female athletes that as women and girls they should know their worth in sports. She said it is difficult for women to project themselves all over the world because of barriers. But they should believe in themselves to do the best they can. She also admonished them to say no to intimidation and sexual harassment which is common in sporting activities.
Some of the athletes to represent Sierra Leone in the July Games in Tokyo are Joshua Wyse, and Tity Dumbuya. The team is already training ahead of the big event.