Athletes of Top African Nation Miss 100m at Commonwealth Due to Visa Problems

Athletes of Top African Nation Miss 100m at Commonwealth Due to Visa Problems

  • Six Gambian Athletes have missed out competing in the 100 meter at the 2022 Commonwealth games
  • Five of them were in France for training and only arrived in the United Kingdom on Tuesday, 2 August
  • The Commonwealth games in the United Kingdom is going on smoothly with Nigerian athletes also doing well

Gambian sprinters who are to compete in the 100 meter at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth games in Birmingham have missed the show due to visa issues which made them not to arrive on time.

Six Gambian athletes were picked by the country's sports federation to represent them at the 2022 Commonwealth games in which five of them traveled to France for training.

And in France, they were unable to get visa until Tuesday, 2 August, when they boarded and on getting to the United Kingdom, it was too late for them to compete.

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Gina Bass, Gambian athletes, Commonwealth games.
Gambian Athletes miss 100m at Commonwealth due to visa problems. Photo by Maja Hitij
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According to the report on BBC, Ebrima Camara, Adama Jammeh, Alieu Joof and Sengan Jobe all missed out.

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Female sprinter Gina Bass, one of The Gambia's top athletes, was due to arrive in Birmingham, but she could not on time and also missed out.

If not for visa issues, probably Gina Bass would have tried to do something big for her nation in the 100 meter.

Chioma Onyekwere Wins Gold For Team Nigeria at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Chioma Onyekwere recorded her name in the history books by becoming the first Nigerian to win gold in the Discus Throw event at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth games in UK.

The 28-year-old threw 61.70m in her fourth attempt to take the lead from the home girl, Jade Lally who led from the start of the competition with her opening throw of 57.33m.

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Her success in the Discus Throw has made Nigerians happy and many have been congratulating the American-born Nigerian star for her incredible achievement.

Team Nigeria made further history by producing two medallists in the Discus Throw event for the first time with Obiageri Amaechi winning the bronze medal with her 56.99m fifth round effort.

Speaking to Sports Brief, Kola Daniel who is the SA Media to Nigeria's Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, expressed happiness over the achievement of Chioma.