Concord Times (Freetown)

15 August 2012

Sierra Leone: Salone Delegation Says Good Bye to London Games

The Sierra Leone delegation to this year's London 2012 Olympic Games said good bye to the Games on Sunday August 12th during the closing ceremony as they were part of 204 countries that participated in the two-week event.

Leader of the Sierra Leone delegation, Unisa Deen Kargbo, said Sierra Leone's presence at the Games was felt from the start to the end if not in the field but in other important functions where the NOC President, Henry G. Moore and scribe Joseph Nyande alongside the acting Director of Sports represented the country well.

He said the two athletes that represented the country did their best during the Games even though their best was not enough to take them to the next stage of the competition. For Ibrahim Turay, Kargbo said the athlete made some improvement in his time which was good; meaning the training at Hastings in the UK helped him a lot and hoped Sierra Leonean athletes can improve ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

For Ola Sesay who competed in the Long Jump, the head of delegation said though she was unable to reach the final because of her two last jumps due to some problem, the athlete is the first ever Sierra Leonean to qualify for the Olympic Games; a feat he said Sierra Leoneans should be proud of "because we are rated higher than most countries which did not take any qualified athletes to the Games".

He said with 1,453 days to the next Olympic Games, it is now left with the athletics association to organize programmes for their various associations.

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