The Gambia swimming sports Association on Saturday 28th June 2015 observed farewell to its Secretary General Yoro Njie who has been recommended by the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) to officiate at the 16th FINA World Masters Championship 2015 at a press gathering held at the University of the Gambia law faculty hall in Kanifing. The championship will be held in Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, between 5 and 16 August 2015.
Yoro is the first Gambian ever to be appointed by the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) to officiate at the world masters championship.
Speaking at the event, Bakary Jammeh the Assistant Secretary General of the Gambia swimming Association expressed delight for Yoro’s appointment as an international technical official. Jammeh described Yoro as a young man who has the knowledge and the attitude to change lives. ‘His appointment doesn’t come as a surprise to me, he said. Jammeh later called on the nation to support swimming and implored for more success in the sports.
Amadou Danso, 1st Vice President of the Association thanked FINA for recognising the efforts of Yoro Njie, saying it could have not come at a better time this. I have seen determination and courage in Yoro, and he is on the verge of being a scholar, Danso said. Arfang Jobe, technical Director of the Association echoed similar sentiments with Amadou Danso.
Russia is proud and excited to host the 2015 FINA World Championships and the 2015 FINA World Masters Championships in Kazan. This international event will promote aquatic sports in the city and the Republic in general, along with promoting the national goal of healthy life-styles and a legacy of youth oriented sports activities for the future of the country.
Kazan has now developed the most advanced sporting infrastructure in all of Russia and has one of the most advanced Aquatic facilities in the world. These facilities are already built for the 2013 Summer Universiade, providing sustainable economic impact for decades to come and for local and international events.
Hosting the World Championships will create the opportunity to elevate the sport to higher levels of prominence within Russia and a chance to produce a new group of international champions in the traditions of the many great Russian swimmers of the past.
PROFILING MR. YORRO NJIE
Going by his academic qualifications and professional experience, it is of no doubt that profiling Mr. Yorro Njie is no easy task.
A good bachelor’s degree holder in Management and series of IT qualifications has placed Yorro on solid academic grounding to work or pursue higher degrees if he wishes. No doubt, he works as an Administrative Assistant under the School of Information Technology & Communication, The University of The Gambia.
Knowing him from tender age, I saw in him determination for academic growth. He has that desire and passion for academia. Yorro is on course to becoming an accomplished scholar in his chosen field.
In terms of leadership responsibilities, Yorro held more than a dozen ranging from president, secretary general, senator, chairperson, coordinator and vice president. His leadership qualities are unique, coupled with his negotiation skills making him a distinguished personality especially in student union circles. As former vice President of the University Students Union, he represented students at the senate level, the highest academic decision making body of the university. This is a prestigious position reserved for people of distinguished record of achievement like him. During his days at the University, Yorro had earned the respect of his peers and the admiration of his superiors.
In the area of swimming, Yorro has outstanding administrative skills. He held the highest position of responsibility. Similarly, in the area of martial Arts, he did not only practice the Art, but took positions of responsibility at the national and international level making him a known national figure. He is no stranger in both swimming and martial Arts among other sports.
His outstanding sportsmanship at home, made him recipient of many international awards. He travelled to more than half a dozen countries from Europe to Asia and Africa. He did not only participate in international championships but win medals and accolades. He puts his country’s flag very high in all his overseas engagements, a mark of patriotism. Like other young people with the opportunity to travel and stay abroad, it has never occurred to Yorro to think about staying in Europe or refusing to come home. This is a charitable attribute that made him a respectable person.
Such a person with both academic and professional qualifications combined, is very attractive to many organizations and companies in Europe. But Africa and the Gambia need him more. He is very conscious of the fact that this country needs the brains of her sons and daughters to develop. Yorro therefore does not represent a brain drain for the Gambia but brain gain.
What is really amazing about Mr. Njie is his creativity in thinking and innovation. He is responsible for the conceptualization and establishment of many associations including the Gambia Martial Arts and Self Defense Academy, Gambia Swimming Association and most recently the National University Sports Association.
Therefore, his distinguished nomination as an International Technical Officer (ITO) to officiate at the 16th FINA WORLD MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP in Kazan 2015 is no accident but a well deserved one. He has the knowledge, skills and attitude that can make him an international asset. Already, his towering achievements are compelling evidence to argue that Yorro is a national asset and an international star in the making.
This award is not only for him but the country at large.
By Omar Jarju