Gambian powerlifter Modou Gamo will compete in the Manchester 2021 Para Powerlifting World Cup starting from this Thursday to Sunday. The event will also serve as a qualifier for the rescheduled Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The Gambian is expected to compete in the +107 categories with the prestigious Tokyo 2020 ticket at stake.
After making his first World Cup appearance in Kazakhstan, Gamo will be hoping to set another record, after successful previous outing where he set his personal best and a new record of 140kg.
The Gambia’s participation is fully funded and supported by the Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC). The Gambian NOC is keen on getting more and more qualifiers for the Tokyo Paralympic Games later this year and has paid for the team’s accommodation, tickets and allowance for the Manchester trip.
“After the success of the Abuja 2020 Para Powerlifting World Cup, I’m incredibly excited to hear that I’ll be joining the world to compete again in Manchester thanks to the support from the Gambia National Olympic Committee, GNOC,” Gamo said.
Hagie Drammeh, Gamo’s coach said he is delighted that Gambia will be taking part in this event and prayed that his athlete qualify in the next Paralympic Games. Mr. Drammeh thanked the GNOC and the Gambia government through the National Sports Council for their continuous support.
The Gambia National Paralympic Committee president, Mr Sulayman Colley thanked the GNOC and the Gambia government for making the trip possible.
In another development, Gambia’s Malang Tamba Jarju has won a bronze medal in the T45 Men’s 200m race at the World Para Athletics Championship in Tunisia, on Thursday. Malang came in third in 2:41.09 to win the bronze and after the events he said: ”I came to this competition as the highest ranking Para athlete in The Gambia, so it means a lot to start with a medal. I now need to get ready for my next event for a good timing which is my main focus in this qualifiers”.