Gambian judoka sets for Olympics fight

Mamos Media

By Cherno Omar Bobb

Gambian judo star Faye Njie will take to the stage in his opening 2020 Tokyo Olympics fight on Monday 26th July 2021 against a Syrian or Tajikistani opponent.

The 27 year old Gambian-Finnish judoka who got a pass by in the first round said his final preparations had been going well.

Faye did his final camp in Finland with Puerto Rican Olympians last week and said he felt confident towards the competition.

Since his arrival in Tokyo, Japan earlier this week he has been training hard and also said the organisers have been taking care of everything very well.

He commended The Gambia National Olympic Committee (GNOC) officials in Tokyo, saying they have been very helpful and have sorted out things for him. “I could not be more satisfied,” he remarked. 

He further thanked Gambians for their wishes, saying: “as always, I will do my best to make you proud.”

The Gambian judoka champion will be making his second Olympic Games appearance in a row for The Gambia this month at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Faye Njie won Silver losing to Algeria’s Fethi Nourine in the men’s under-73kg at the 2021 African Judo Championships held in Dakar, Senegal in May 2021 to secure his qualification to this year’s Olympic Games. 

He qualified forTokyo by continental quota spot as one of the 13 best male athletes from Africa who gained the continental quota for Tokyo.

Njie was the first ever Olympic judoka for The Gambia at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, in the men’s 73 kg, where he was eliminated by Didar Khamza in the first round.

He won a silver medal at the 2015 All African Games in Brazzaville which qualified him for the Olympic Games in Rio based upon the continental quota for Africa. Faye is the first Gambian judo fighter to win a silver medal in the history of the All Africa Games (AAG). 

In 2017, Faye Njie won a Silver medal at the 2017 African Senior Judo Championships held in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Meanwhile, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games is set to officially open on 23rd July 2021.

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