The coronavirus pandemic has left no stone unturned and The Gambia Nationwide Paralympics Committee (GNPC) and individuals with incapacity are not any exceptions.
For the reason that outbreak, lives of individuals with incapacity have modified because of the pandemic.
“The place ready our bodies battle, minds go to disable our bodies who want ready our bodies to make issues higher.”
Most individuals with disabilities in The Gambia earn their residing on each day foundation by means of begging and abilities to feed their households and authorities imposing restrictions, most individuals with disabilities discovered it troublesome to feed themselves and their households whereas staying at house.
A few of them with companies had their companies collapsed as a result of they don’t have the capital to maintain themselves.
Malang Tamba, a Paralympics athlete who’s at present making ready for this 12 months’s Paralympics Video games, mentioned the pandemic severely affected them.
He mentioned they struggled to go for trainings on the independence stadium in Bakau through the pandemic.
Tamba gained two bronze within the T54 100m, 200m and 400m race in addition to gold within the 800m race through the 2021 Season Second Athletics Championship held in Tunis earlier this 12 months. He mentioned that with help from authorities, he can obtain extra success for the nation.
“We’re able to fly the nation’s flag excessive however authorities has to actually help us,” he mentioned.
Fatou Sanneh, additionally a Paralympics athlete, mentioned the pandemic made life tougher for them, and subsequently known as on authorities to contemplate and embrace them within the system.
She famous that they may not practice the way in which they wished because of the pandemic. She added that they’re now intensifying their preparations to make sure they safe qualification to this 12 months’s Tokyo Paralympics Video games.
Demba Jarju, a Paralympics athlete, who represented The Gambia on the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympics Video games, mentioned their trainings haven’t been good this 12 months.
“We must always have been on the campus by now coaching collectively,” he highlighted, including: “Generally we come to coaching hungry and after we return house, we eat no matter we discover there.”
“As athletes, we must always have been consuming good and wholesome meals with good diets in addition to correctly caring for our our bodies however it isn’t attainable as a result of we lack help,” he said, including that “all our sacrifices are due to our love for The Gambia.”
Fatoumatta Jawara, an help Paralympics coach, mentioned: “Paralympics athletes will not be representing themselves in internationally competitors however The Gambia and subsequently ought to be totally supported,” she mentioned.
Miss Jawara highlighted that transportation is a really large problem for them as most drivers would refuse to hold them. She identified that folding and carrying their wheelchairs is, for some drivers, a waste of time.
“Paralympics athletes wheel their wheelchairs from their properties to the stadium and practice, then wheel again their wheelchairs house,” she additional mentioned.
Momodou Gamo, Para energy lifter, mentioned they may not practice the way in which they wished due to the pandemic.
Gamo mentioned authorities has been useful however believes extra might be achieved. He famous that sport just isn’t straightforward particularly for individuals with disabilities.
Hagie Drammeh, Para sports activities coach described the coronavirus pandemic interval as probably the most troublesome moments of their lives.
Mr. Drammeh added that sitting at house significantly affected individuals with disabilities, however famous that going out and doing a little actions will assist them rehabilitate themselves.
He additional said that it was actually troublesome for a few of them with companies feeding from the revenue they’d and on the identical time preserve their companies.
He famous that the one appropriate facility for Paralympics athletes to coach with their wheelchairs was the stadium which was closed. This, he mentioned, actually hindered their preparations.
He thanked The Gambia Nationwide Olympic Committee and Ministry of Youth and Sports activities by means of the Nationwide Sports activities Council for his or her help, saying regardless of sponsorship repeatedly being a giant problem for them; these establishments have been actually supportive. “Paralympics is starting to see itself within the share of the nationwide cake,” he mentioned.
Abdoulie Jallow, secretary common, The Gambia Nationwide Olympics Committee, mentioned GNOC is an establishment of equal alternative and subsequently their obligation is to help any affiliation or federation that seeks to qualify for the video games together with the Paralympics video games.
Mr. Jallow added that on the sporting aspect, GNOC would do all inside its means to help Paralympics athletes qualify.
“The affiliation has been engaged to make sure we collectively have a look at sustainable methods of supporting these athletes.”
“Nevertheless we wish to guarantee we discover help for these athletes that may guarantee they dwell a extra dignified life than begging,” he said.
He inspired all athletes to proceed to pursue their goals of representing The Gambia.
“The GNOC stands able to help any affiliation who has a path to video games qualification,” he mentioned.
Marcel Mendy, the chief director, Nationwide Sports activities Council (NSC), mentioned they’ve at all times supported The Gambia Nationwide Paralympics Committee and different nationwide sports activities associations, including that they’ve been very supportive financially throughout their involvement in Paralympics Olympics qualifiers.
He famous that if it weren’t for presidency’s help (Ministry of Youth and Sports activities by means of the Nationwide Sports activities Council), it might have been extraordinarily troublesome for the GNPC to journey and attend competitions.
“We is not going to relent in our help in the direction of athletes and nationwide sports activities associations as a result of in the event that they do nicely, it’s the nation that’s doing nicely,” he said.
ED Mendy assured all nationwide associations of steady authorities help, including: “We hope to see Gambian Paralympics athletes qualify for the Video games.”
The Gambia’s Ministry of Well being confirmed the nation’s first case of coronavirus on Tuesday March 17, 2020.
As of twenty first Could 2021, The Gambia formally registered 178 covid-19 associated deaths and 5, 978 optimistic instances.
At 26,593 are already vaccinated towards COVID-19 as of 18 Could 2021, whereas 300 individuals have acquired their 2nd dose, bringing the full quantity to 26,893.
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