The four Sierra Leonean athletes who represented Sierra Leone in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil have on Friday 6th January 2017 received gifts from the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which included Olympic pins and $500 each through the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SL).
In a brief presentation ceremony organized at the secretariat of the National Olympic Committee, the President of NOC-SL Dr Patrick Coker disclosed that the IOC sent $500 for each participant; Binturabie Jalloh, Osman Kamara, Ishmael Dudu Kamara and Hafsatu Kamara.
“As usually expected, we provide facilities for our athletes and ensure everything goes on well at the games. In addition to that, at the end of the games, the athletes that participate get something from the IOC and that is what we as NOC have for the athletes, “he clarified.
The former President of NOC-SL Henry G. Moore officially pinned the athletes and the money was given to them by the Vice President of NOC-SL Abdul Karim Sesay.
The athletes expressed thanks and appreciation to the IOC/NOC for receiving the pins and the money. “We are very delighted to receive this gesture from the IOC. We appreciate the fact that the money is given to us based on our performance in the 2016 summer Olympics Games in Brazil”.
“Although we didn’t reach any of the medal podiums or final of any of the event we participated, yet they remember us. This will inspire us to do more but we need special training facilities or training camp where we can be able to improve our skills and physical ability so as to match the standards of those we competed with in Rio for future competitions, “they said.
By Bernard Turay
Tuesday January 10, 2017