By Ransford Maclean
Some track and field athletes disclosed to AYV that their daily survival is difficult because sports activities have been on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic in Sierra Leone.
One amongst the athletes is Osman Challey the current champion for Long Distance and is also the captain of Sierra Leone Team and Camp Unity Athletics Club.
He said though they are preparing for the 2021 Japan, Tokyo Olympic Games it has been difficult for them to meet their training schedule and that some of his colleagues cannot train because of the ban on sporting activities.
Giving the importance of the support to athletes from different clubs, Juldeh Bah the Manager of Labrum Clothing Company in Sierra Leone said giving some food supplements to athletes is a first in the country and the world at large.
He added that these athletes are the ones that are mostly affected. Bah added that some of these Athletes have been usually calling him says that things are difficult for them during and after their individual training, so the executive of Labrum and the Charity Foundation deems it necessary to provide them Bags of rice and some covid-19 preventive gears.
The sports Minister Ibrahim Nyelenkeh highlighted the partnership with Labrum Clothing Company saying they came in contact them during West Afric Football Union female Tournament as Sierra Leone was the host. Minister Nyelenkeh added that their partnership is a good one for the Country and this will help change the face of all the sporting disciplines, so when it comes to team Sierra Leone representing the country they will be in uniform.
Acknowledging the gesture from the Executive of Labrum Clothing, Unisa Deen Kargbo Chef de Mission for the National Olympic Committee said, it is a time move from them to consider track and field athletics.
The Chef de Mission furthered that at any time when Athletes are considered he is over excited because when they are in the right frame of mind that will ensure them to do well for Sierra Leone. There are times the athletes are good Sierra Leone has better ones for any competitions, but there times when they go for the games they find themselves in a confusing state and thanked the current minister and they entire ministry to help shape some of these athletes to put them in the right frame of mind for any games.