Sierra Leone’s delegation to the Olympics Games in London has received a warm welcome from Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom His Excellency Edward Mohamed Turay. It was a colourful ceremony that was also witnessed by members of the Sierra Leone Community, the Sierra Leone – Diaspora UK and staff of the High Commission including the Head of Chancery Sahr Prince Demba.
Welcoming the delegation at his 41 Eagle Street, Holborn, South-west London, HE Turay expressed thanks and appreciation to the team for making what he described as ‘this great sacrifice’ on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone.
The High Commissioner also expressed his ‘undying support’ to the team and thanked officials of the National Olympics Community (NOC) for their continued dedication and support towards promoting the image of Sierra Leone. “On behalf of all Sierra Leoneans in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, including my members of staff, I want to wish you all good luck in your endeavour to lift up the green, white and blue colour sky-high on the international stage – we are definitely proud of you,” Turay said.
Head of the delegation Henry Moore, who is also President of NOC, expressed his team’s appreciation to the High Commissioner for making such an occasion possible for the Olympics team to have the chance of meeting the Sierra Leonean Public in London. He also thanked the people of Hastings who hosted the athletes a week prior to the Games so they could acclamatise and have more time to train themselves ahead of the Games.
The team consisted of the two competing athletes Ola Sesay (Long Jump) and Ibrahim Turay (200 meters sprint). Other Speakers include the Head of Chancery Sahr Prince Demba who also chaired the programme and Counselor Obai Taylor Kamara who gave the vote of thanks. Also in attendance were the Acting Sports Director Alphan Coker and Unisa Kargbo Chief de Mission.