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Road to Rabat 2019: Gambia’s Swimming Team Intensifies Preparations

Gambia swimming team practicing

The Gambia’s swimming team has intensified preparations ahead of the Africa Games scheduled for August 19th– 31st in Rabat, Morocco. Three swimmers will lead Gambia’s surge for medals at the championship.

Over 7, 000 athletes from all the 54 African nations are expected to take part. Noel Ndachi, the head coach of team Gambia is optimistic. “The training is going well and I am sure the team will stage a triumphant performance in Rabat.”

The team, which trains twice a day at QCity in Bijilo, comprises both male and female swimmers who will be taking part in the long and short swimming distances.

Gambian swimmers preparing for Rabat 2019

Omar Darboe, one of the team’s top swimmers says he’s ready for the championship. “Our training has been good. Our coaches are really giving us all the techniques we need to succeed in Rabat. After every session, I feel improvement in my breast strokes and I have also improved a lot in the butterfly race,” he says.

Rabat 2019 is crucial as it will serve as an Olympic qualifier for the games in Tokyo in 2020. And for Abdourahman Saine, last year’s national open water Junior Champion, The Gambia is going for gold.

“I can say the team is ready to face any opponent in Rabat. We are also going into this championship so motivated.”

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