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Sierra Leone Olympian wants to use sports and his talents to improve the lives of his countrymen

Sierra Leone Olympian wants to use sports and his talents to improve the lives of his countrymen

Athletes representing Sierra Leone at the Rio Olympics have now completed their missions as international ambassadors to the greatest global sports event in the world. They may not have performed very highly to what most Sierra Leoneans would love to see but they however did their best.

Sprinter Ishamail D Kamara (in photo) who last competed amongst the four athletes that made it to the Rio Olympics for Sierra Leone is inspired to one day use sports to improve the lives of his countrymen.

Hailing from humble beginnings in Makeni, Sierra Leone; Kamara was awed by his selection to the Olympics and the opportunity to spend time hobnobbing with the best athletes in the world at the Games village. Currently considered the best home based male sprinter for Sierra Leone, the tall and elegant youngster is a very respectful young man who knows the power of what he represents and with humility.

 “As an athlete I always want to do better, I always think deeply; knowing that I am from a very poor country that I need to do well to help my people … if at least I can put a smile on their faces, that in itself really inspires me to work hard and do my best, and so I stay highly motivated,” Kamara said adding that the thought of thinking of where he came from and the many encouraging words he receive from people around him are great inspiration to him.

He said: “I want be a person that will change the lives of many Sierra Leoneans and people around the world through sports. I want to be educated and become the person that I desire to be. So I can use that to inspire others to achieve their goals.” 

Credit: Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL), Fully Supported: Ministry of Sports (MOS)

By: Sahr Morris Jr. in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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