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Sierra Leoneans in the US set for 2010 Islamic Games

Sierra Leoneans in the US set for 2010 Islamic Games

Sierra Leoneans in the US will soon join thousands of athletes in the 4th Annual Islamic Games scheduled for May 29-30 this year in South Brunswick, New Jersey, a popular Sierra Leonean who is also one of the organizers said.

Mohamed Koroma who was speaking in a brief interview at his 246 Virginia Avenue, Jersey City residence told this writer in a brief interview on Wednesday, 21st April 2010 that some of his compatriots in the New York Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have expressed their willingness to take part in this year’s Islamic Games to “fly the Sierra Leone flag very high.”

In 2009, Koroma added, the Islamic Games attracted more than 2000 male and female athletes in 186 teams competing in a wide range of sports and athletic events. This year, the games are expected to attract even more athletes and thousands of spectators.  “We are ready for the biggest and best Islamic Games so far,” he added.

For his part, the President of the Islamic Games, M. Nausrudeen said: “After so many years, the Games have become a reunion for many Muslim communities, teams, athletes, and schools.”

It could be recalled that every year, athletes and their fans gather on Memorial Weekend at the Northeast Islamic Games. Many Muslims, male and female, participate in these games. The Islamic Games allow such athletes to meet, network and compete with each other. All events are managed by professionals and certified officials including referees. Medals and trophies are awarded for 1st and 2nd place, while medals up to 4th place would be awarded for track & field and other individual events.

Indeed, the Northeast Islamic Games continue to promote goodwill among Muslims in the Tri States of New York. It really brings people together and creates a good family oriented atmosphere for both the athletes and their families. The prospect of a new cultural shift of understanding between the Muslims and non-Muslims may be found in the spirit and purpose of such games. And sooner, it will begin to bridge the gap between people of every denominational faith.

Alhaji Jalloh, Information Attaché in Saudi Arabia: Writing from New Jersey

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