FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

19 November 2012

Gambia Athlete Trainer Returns From U.S.

Modou Njie, an athlete trainer, has returned from the US after undergoing a one month intensive training on athletic development and sustainability.

Accorded the scholarship by Gambia National Olympic Committee, Modou, also a PE teacher at SOS, was the sole Gambian - a total of 31 participants from different countries to have undergone the programme.

A course that teed off 22nd September at the University of Delaware, Penn State, in Colorado, was a presented chance for Modou Njie to work with ten United States London Olympic gold medal winners during a field session in the course.

"...It was a very hectic course, because every coach has to write on your own project on how to develop and sustained sports in your own country", Mr. Njie, a nominated member and Secretary General of the athlete commission, said upon arrival.

Gambian sprinters will soon be handed a leg-up in pursuit of their careers with enrollment into universities in the US courtesy of Modou Njie's links with the learning institutions during his short spell visit.

In an effort to break grounds after a successful Olympic tale, the relationship with the US schools is geared for Gambia to revel in the world stage and get an increase number of athletes participating for the Rio Olympic Games 2016.

"Now I'm back and I have developed a manual on Long Term Athlete Development which I will give to National Olympic Committee, Ministry of Youths and Sports, Ministry of Education and the GAA so that we can develop our athletes to elite level.I have to train 10 Physical Education Teachers in the school system, and 10 on IAAF level one coaches on how to design and implement long term training program", Modou Njie enumerated, outlining his plans and urged all and sundry to back Gambia sports development.

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