The 10 man delegation of the Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA) has returned home from Senegal after participating in a competition organized by the Senegalese Athletics Association. Athletes from Europe and other African countries were also involved in the competition in preparation for the Olympic Games in China slated for next month.
The leader of the delegation Micheal Felix Rowe in his report thanked the National Olympic Committee for the contribution they made to make the trip to Senegal a reality which was very important.
He said that the athletes did very well in the trials even though it was not an official thing done by our own association to participate in the competition which was to qualify Sierra Leone for the championship “but we were able to have a good time for our athletes, even though there were some constraints because we faced so many constraints before leaving.
In responding the President of the National Olympic Committee Henry Moore said that they in the NOC are very delighted to have such a meeting.
He said that this is the first time a team has gone out of the country and come back home to report back to the National Olympic Committee.
He noted that they initially had a problem because they never budgeted for that trip.
He mentioned that a trip like that should have been funded by the sports council, but they went all out with the chairman of the IGLOC Dr Patrick Coker and decided to fund the trip.
The SLAA he said submitted a list of 22 people but after coming together with other members of the NOC they decided to fund a 10 man delegation consisting of 6 athletes and four officials.
The delegation was made up of Micheal Felix Rowe Asst. Secretary General who also doubled as leader of delegation, Daniella During Women representative, Abu Whyte Kamara Head coach, Peter Jah Asst. coach from Bo, Solomon Bayoh team captain, Thomas Vandi, Joseph Bundu, Abdul Rahman Bangura, Rebecca Ansumana and Micheala Kargbo.