The duo won the prizes recently in Paris, France where they took part in an international championship.
Speaking at the presentation, the treasurer of the Gambia Judo Association, Nurdeen Paziaud Luc who is also the father of the two boys, disclosed that the boys surpassed expectations by bringing medals home giving the amount of talents and number of players in other teams. “They had earlier won gold and other medals in sub regional championships,” he added.
The President and Technical Director of the Gambia Judo Association Abdou Sarjo said contrary to the widespread view that Judo is an aggressive game, it is in fact a game of obedience and education.
He lamented the lack of a training grounds for Judo in The Gambia which he said has hampered the growth of the game in the country.
Receiving the medals, the Minister of Youth and Sports Alieu K Jammeh while commending the achievement of the young boys, said there is a need for the country’s sports administrators to get back to the grassroots to build a strong foundation in our sports. ”Central in this drive is the revival of schools sports which used to breed bright talents for the country across many disciplines,” he noted.
Hassan Paziaud who participated in the 31 kilos said: “I was a bit scared when I went to Paris but when I played my first match and won, I had confidence and the rest was easy”.]]>