Members of both the Olympic & Paralympics delegation pose for press
The National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone, NOC-SL on Tuesday July 10 named the Sierra Leone team for the London 2012 Olympic Games with the team will departing the country’s shores for England on Wednesday.
In the Olympic Games which will run from July 27 to August 12, Sierra Leone will be represented by only two athletes, Ola Sesay who met the B qualifying standard of the games in the long jump with a distance of 6.71 meters and Ibrahim Turay who will be competing in the 200meters.
Unlike Sesay who secured the Games qualifying time, Turay who underwent an IAAF training camp in Senegal will be at the games as a non-qualified athletes despite clocking an improved time of 22.00 sec recently in the African championship.
The other members of the delegation includes, Abu Batalomen Kamara as the athletes coach, Pamela Williams-the Chaperone, Patrick Coker-medical doctor, Unisa Deen Kargbo- Chef De’Mission.
According to Sierra Leone’s Chef De’Mission, rule 38 of the Olympic charter states that the number of officials is calculated by the number of qualified athletes that was why the Sierra Leone delegation is limited because there was only one qualified athlete.
Also the non-sports delegation which will only attend specific functions on the invitation of the international body, IOC; are the Minister of Sports, Paul Kamara, acting Director of Sports, Alphan Koker, the NOC president, Henry Moore and his scribe, Joseph Nyande, whilst Bernard Turay and Musa Kamara are the accredited journalist to cover the events.
The Paralympics which will begin from August 29 to September 9 will see only a single athlete; Mohamed Kamara who won the Bi-Partite commission slot will represent the country.
Kamara who was with the country’s delegation that competed in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India will compete in the 100meters and will be accompanied by Mohamed Koroma as coach and Alex Lansana Claye as the athlete assistant.
The Sierra Leone delegation early departure is due to the fact that the team will be camping in Hasting UK for a week before the opening of the Games Village where the team will move to after the Camp.