PUBLIC REVIEW SPORT Sierra Leone U.S-based Athletes arrives in Tokyo

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By: Sahr Morris Jr.

with Support from: Eric Fomba & Bockarie Alieu in Tokyo, Japan

Sierra Leone’s America-based sprinter, Maggie Vanessa Barrie, on Sunday 25 July 2021 landed at the Narita International Airport, also known as Tokyo-Narita International Airport to join other Sierra Leonean athletes at the Olympic Games village in Tokyo, Japan.

The 25-year-old who travelled from the United States, arrived in the evening hours of Sunday as she joined the swimmers and Judoka at the Games village five days ahead of her event at the Olympic Stadium in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

In a short welcome address at the Games village, Sierra Leone’s Chef de’ Mission, Unisa Deen Kargbo, welcomed the U.S based sprinter and referred to her as the country’s star for this year’s Olympic Games.

He said: “We want to welcome you to team Sierra Leone in Japan and remind you to remain focused and compete.

The disadvantage on the side of Sierra Leone and other athletes from other countries is that the wildcards and the Tripathi qualification was all issued late, and there was not much time for athletes to prepare well. We’ve even seen world champions been eliminated at this game, including England’s best Judo fighter who was eliminated within a minute.”

In her brief statement, Maggie Vanessa Barrie said she is in Tokyo to represent the country and was pleased to have arrived at the Games village to join the rest of team Sierra Leone. “I am here to represent this country and I am very happy to be here, I am going to get my best time and do the best I can to represent the Sierra Leonean people” she said.   

Known for her specialty and competitive battle in the women’s 400 meter, Maggie Barrie will pull on the national colours in her first Olympic Games in a different event, the 100 meters on Friday July 30.

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As the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has officially started on Friday, July 23rd 2021, with an electrifying opening ceremony, Team Sierra Leone is getting ready to showcase its talented athletes to the world with a tight schedule in the coming week.

Sierra Leone Judoka, Frederick Harrison will be competing on Tuesday 27th July 2021 in the men’s Judo 81kg category against Murad Fatiyev of Azerbaijan. This is the first time a judo athlete from Sierra Leone will be competing in the Olympics.

Friday, July 30th will be a busy day in the Sierra Leone camp, as three (3) athletes will be flexing their muscles in their various events.

Sierra Leonean USA based sprinter, Maggie Barrie, will be competing in the 100-metre preliminaries, whiles swimmers, Joshua Wyse and Titi Dumbuya will be also competing in the men and women 50-metre freestyle.

Meanwhile, the Chef De Mission of the  NOC-SL, Unisa Deen Kargbo has confirmed that Sierra Leone has been invited to compete in the Trampoline event at the games.

According to UDK, modalities are now been worked out for the athlete to travel to Tokyo.

In another development, the other set of delegations have arrived at the Games Village last night and they are all been accommodated with the athletes in high spirits for their respective events.

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