The first batch of Team Sierra Leone dubbed the ‘achievement squad’ on Tuesday morning departed the country’s shores onboard Royal Air Maroc for Brazil.
The delegation includes, Swimmers: Bintu Rabie Jalloh and Osman Kamara, home-base sprinter Ishamail Dudu Kamara, coaches; Bobson Manasary and Fanta Sesay for swimming and Coach Joseph Lahai for athletics.
In a farewell media conference, President of the National Olympics Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC-SL) Dr. Patrick Coker revealed that an advance party which included the Chef de Mission, Unisa Deen Kargbo and the team attaché and medical proxy Alhassan Kamara were already in Rio.
On the essence of having a chaperone in the delegation Dr. Coker said “This is an IOC regulation, for as long as you are traveling with female athletes you must have a Chaperone. For some countries depending on the number of their delegation, they can have more than four Chaperones.”
The Minister of Sports, Ahmed Khanou advised the athletes to showcase our humanity and pride, adding that it is a great opportunity for them to fly the of Sierra Leone and make the nation proud.
He further revealed that the government is taking full responsibility of the team to Rio and went further to congratulate both the Swimming and Athletics team for securing qualification to the games.
In total, Sierra Leone will have a 17-man delegation to this year’s games and the other batch to follow on the heels of the first includes; the NOC-SL President Himself Dr. Coker and his Secretary General, Joseph Nyande, the Sports Minister and the Assistant Sports Director, Shamsu Mustapha, and the two media representative, namely Sahr Morris Jr. from the Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone and Abu Bakarr Kanu.