OCTOBER 24, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.
The Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA) has “joyfully and wholeheartedly” welcomed news that Olympic gold medalist, Jeneba Tarmoh, is considering competing for the country in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.
Tarmoh, who was born in San Jose, California, United States of America by Sierra Leonean parents, recently told Yahoo Sports that there’s a chance she could represent Sierra Leone at the 2016 Olympic Games, and that she is definitely considering that option.
SLAA General Secretary, Dauda Sundufu Sowa, was the first to welcome the news saying they will immediately try to establish contacts with the sprinter to see how far they could start a discussion around the issue.
He said: “This is welcome news for us (SLAA) and the country. One of our plans is to convince the diaspora athletes who are having Sierra Leonean roots to compete for us in international events. That was why we had three foreign athletes during the last Commonwealth Games in Scotland.”
He added: “To be frank this is one of the good news I have heard for the past two months, and we are happy for this and can’t wait to engage her in discussion. We believe having Jeneba competing for Sierra Leone will attract others to do same.”
The SLAA scribe further revealed that they will summon an emergency meeting to discuss the athlete’s issue and will also consider other related developments within the association.
Tarmoh was part of the famous 100m tie at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. She is the reigning U.S. 200m champion and was with the U.S team at the London 2012 Olympic Games and ran in the 4x100m relay team that won gold.