The Gambia’s female olympian and record holder in 100 and 200 meters Gina Bass, the flag bearer for her home country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, has been telling her heart to BBC sports.
Three years on, the 24-year-old finds herself fighting against wage disparity in order to make it to the top of her sport.
Speaking to BBC Sport Gina Bass who is currently on scholarship at the IAAF Performance center in Dakar Senegal, said her dream is to break the world 200-meter record. However the Gambian track queen said some things are not right. “In my country they call me the poorest Olympian. I don’t have car or house but I accept it. The government doesn’t treat athletes the way they treat footballers whom them give lots money while we athletes suffer before we get allowances they normally give us,” she lamented She continued. “Sometimes you ask yourself why am I doing this because am not getting anything; you don’t have anything from it but because we love the sports you just continue.”
According to Gina her dream is to break the 200 meters world record. “I know I will achieve it. I will be somebody tomorrow,” she told the BBC.