By Buba Gagigo
The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) announced to pay 75% (D7.5m) of the bill for its participation in the Commonwealth and Islamic Games.
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“The Ministry of Youth and Sports, through the National Sports Council, is set to foot 75% of the total bill for Gambia’s participation in the upcoming Commonwealth and Islamic Games, equivalent to an amount of seven million, five hundred thousand Dalasi (D7, 500,000.00),” MOYS said in a statement on Facebook earlier today.
The Commonwealth Games would take place from 28th July to 8th August in Birmingham in the United Kingdom; while the Islamic Games would run from 9th to 18th August 2022 in Konya in Turkey under the tutelage of Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation
Twenty-one athletes will represent the nation in the Birmingham events in various categories including athletics, swimming, judo, boxing, beach volleyball, para-power lifting and wheelchair basketball 3×3.
The twenty-nine athletes will raise the Gambian flag at the Islamic Games in athletics, swimming, taekwondo, judo, basketball 3×3, para-athletics, and para-table tennis, according to the MOYS statement.