By Sahr Morris Jnr.
A set of Sierra Leonean runners are scheduled to take part in the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, slated for 24th – 27th April 2014.
According to the African Sports Media, the delegation of runners include Michaela Kargbo, Rebecca Ansumana, Agnes Mansaray, who will be joined by Matu Davies a rising sprinter who resides and trains in Nairobi, Kenya, will be led by former national sprinter James Davies (Turbo Ben) as Head of Delegation to the event.
The delegation was granted a late Visa by the US embassy in Freetown and because of this, there are several constraints to their travel plans. They are looking to raise money for tickets in a few days and also assistance for a training camp that will allow them to train together for the inaugural IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas, exactly a month after the Penn Relays and subsequently the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, slated for July 22nd 2014.
Speaking to the Secretary-General of the Sierra Leone Amateur Athletics Association (SLAAA), Mr. Dauda Sundufu, on the line from Freetown, he intimated that this is an opportunity for well meaning Sierra Leoneans to reach out and help this fledgling sport and its athletes which at one time was the darling of sports lovers in Sierra Leone.
These international meets will help these young ladies gain the exposure they need as they prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, set for the summer of 2016.