FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

29 January 2013

Gambian Athletes to Train in Senegal for Juniors Championship

Gambian Athletic Association is planning to conduct training sessions for Gambian athletes in Senegal, Foroyaa Sports can reveal.

The training camp is to be staged in Dakar as an alternative practicing ground for Gambian athletes in preparation for the African Junior Championship after the Independence Stadium is rendered unusable for now, due to on-going construction works.

However, the proposed plan requires funding and the Athletic Association is making efforts to get financial endorsement from the Gambia National Olympic Committee.

"Because of the present situation at the stadium, we are planning to take along nine athletes and two technical coaches and that is to be facilitated by the GNOC", Dodou Capi Joof, GAA president told Foroyaa Sports.

The training, according to the GAA top brass, will be sort of a trial availing scouting coach's the chance to handpick impressive athletes to represent Gambia for the coming tournament in Nigeria.

"The selection for the African Games is not finalised yet but we have initial names and the picking will be done when they return", he continued, adding, the session is proposed for early February - a month before the tourney.

The GAA also targets to prepare five males and three female athletes with two officials for the Senior Championship billed for June.

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