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Stranded in Banjul, Gambia’s Beach Volleyball Star Struggles to Stay in Shape In the wake of The Coronavirus Pandemic

Sainey Jawo

Without access to a gym to work on his strength-and-conditioning, explosiveness, speed, and agility, Gambia’s Beach Volleyball Sensation Sainey Jawo is scrambling for alternatives with no clear training plan.

At his home in Lamin, Sainey is only doing some push-ups and cardio training to maintain his fitness while waiting for the Olympic qualifiers to resume.

FIVB, volleyball’s world governing body has cancelled its final volleyball qualifiers for the games in Tokyo because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sainey, who plies his trade in Qatar with Alsaad Sport Club is currently stranded in the Gambia due to the pandemic. “My training plans are really affected by the pandemic, “Sainey tells The Chronicle. “By now, I should have been in Qatar training with my club.

Sainey Jawo

“Even though I am training in the Gambia just to maintain my fitness, it should have better if I was with my team and coach Mounir Ghellaimi. He gives the best training and it makes huge difference than training alone.”

Asked if he’s worried about his fitness level before the qualifiers resumes, Sainey said, “Not really because the most important thing is to keep my fitness, and I think I will have time to prepare myself before the final round of the Olympic qualifiers starts.”

Currently, Champions of Africa, The Gambia beach volleyball team is on the verge of a maiden Olympics appearance. The team is favorite to win the sole ticket for the Olympics beach volleyball. “I believe we can qualify to the Olympic Games due to our hard work, “Sainey said.

Gambia Men’s Beach Volleyball team, Baboucarr Jarra and Sainey Jawo

“It will not be an easy road for us because all teams are preparing for us defending champions, but yet still we will work harder to maintain our positions.”

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