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Sierra Leone Sports: 3 man Swimming delegation off to Lagos

Coach Conteh.Mohamed Turay & JoshuaThe Sierra Leone Swimming association has left for the West Africa junior Swimming Championship slated for the 27-29 of this month. It will take place at the refurbished National Stadium Swimming Pool, Surulere, and Lagos, and will be hosted by the Nigeria Aquatics Federation (NAF).
Sierra Leone went into the competition with a three man delegation which comprises of the scribe of the association Mohamed Turay, Coach Sheku Conteh and athlete Joshua J Wyse.
Speaking to this medium, Mohamed Turay said that the best junior athlete swimming in the country Joshua Wyse will be competing in all the four strokes in the competition 50m freestyle, 50m Butterfly,50m Breaststroke, 50m Backstroke and 50m Individual Medley.
He stated that unfortunately both the Ministry of Sports (MOS) and National Olympic Committee (NOC) were unable to support the association with air tickets for the trip.
He revealed that as an association they were able to purchase two round trip tickets, one each for Sheku Conteh the coach and Joshua Wyse and a one way ticket for him since he will later attend the Zone two Congress.
Sheku Conteh said he was looking forward to his first international assignment and he has done is best as a coach to prepare Joshua Wyse with the help of the head coach Bobson Mansaray and put him in a very good shape ahead of the competition.
The NAF’s Secretary, Samuel Jasmiel, said “I am happy that the pool is coming back; it’s a day we have been waiting for. The pool is one of the best swimming facilities to host our big events and we will be having it starting from Friday. The preparation is in top gear and we are ready to host West Africa. The facilities are also ready and the logistics are in great shape too. The federation has done everything within its power to ensure a hitch-free competition for the junior swimmers, and they are also excited to come to Nigeria,” he said.
Jasmiel said that about 15 countries had signified their interest in the Junior Championships, adding that they would be complemented by their Nigerian counterparts. “Our young swimmers are ready now after the trials we conducted last weekend. About 22 of them qualified to participate in the championships. “We have put the swimmers in three camps in Bayelsa, Delta, and Ondo States. They are being coached by experienced tutors from the federation. “We are also having technical meetings to put finishing touches to our preparations towards the hosting of the tournament,” he said.
He revealed that countries under the CANA Zone 2 (West and Central Africa) include Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Togo and Guinea. Others are: Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Benin, Niger and Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville and Mali will take part in the competition.
October Friday 27, 2017.

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