Joshua JJ Wyse and Tity Dumbuya.

Sierra Dolphins

The Journey to Tokyo Olympics

Follow the journey of the Sierra Dolphins to Tokyo Olympics.

July 07 2021

Countdown to Tokyo 2020! 

 Sierra Dolphins set to return home. 

 Joshua JJ Wyse and Tity Dumbuya will be returning home this weekend to join the Sierra Leone Swimming Team that will be going to the 2020 Tokyo Games in Japan.

The two have undergone training abroad in Camps in Stellenbosch, South Africa, conducted by the African Swimming Federation (CANA) and in Milan, Italy conducted by Sierra Leone Swimming, Italian, Sporting Director, Mario Franchi and the H2O Swim Team based in Monza.

The Sierra Dolphins team is presently at H20 swimming pool preparing for training.

Both swimmers expressed their happiness in being exposed to and being trained in both high facility training centers.

"We are very grateful to the Sierra Leone Swimming Association for keeping up to their promise by supporting us to train in such advanced centers despite all their financial constraints.", team captain Joshua Wyse told this writer.

Concluding, Tity Dumbuya stated that they were going to represent the country admirably in Japan both in and out of the pool.

"Being debutantes at the Olympics, and me being the national record holder on the 50m Freestyle Event, our aim is to set new national records at the games and achieve the FINA standard times."
Coach Sheku Conteh thanked the Association for supporting his proposal for the swimmers to go to training camps as part of their Olympic preparation, despite their financial difficulties. 
Thinking ahead, he said that Tokyo 2020 will be the blooding of the young athletes who will also be representing the country at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year. 


 Swimmers and Officials arrive in Italy. 

 Sierra Leone Swimming Team has arrived safely in Italy to embark on an intensive training program, lasting two weeks, in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Games in Japan.

The team was received at the Milan, Malpensa, Airport by the President of H20 Swim Team, Alberto Boero, and Sierra Leone Swimming, Italian, Sporting Director, Mario Franchi.

Sporting Director, Mario Franchi, expressed his happiness to receive the team and also to contribute to develop swimming in the country.

During the tenure of Late Alhaji Dr. A. T. Fadlu-Deen as President, the Association brought in Mario to implement the Development of National Sports Structures in Sierra Leone under the auspices of the NOC/SL.

The Association granted him a Power of Attorney to represent the SLSDWA'S interests for kits sponsorship for the Swimming Association and for equipment that will enhance the training abilities of their athletes and coaches and to organize training camps for the athletes in high facility training centers.

Mr Franchi has been in Sierra Leone twice. He conducted swimming clinics in Bo and Freetown during his two visits.

Mr. Franchi is expected to be in Sierra Leone soon with his technical team from Italy to prepare the Nation's swimming athletes for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next year.

The Sierra Dolphins team is presently at H20 swimming pool preparing for training.


Assistant Secretary General arrives in Abidjan 

 Assistant Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Swimming Association meets with the swimming team at Abidjan to aid their constraints.

Abdul Turay, Assistant Sectary General left Freetown upon the instructions of the General Secretary Mohamed Turay after securing funds to pay for their hotel and Visa fees in Ivory Coast.

The swimming duo, Joshua J.J. Wyse and Tity Dumbuya who are presently preparing for the Olympics scheduled for next July in Tokyo, Japan, left Freetown for South Africa where they spent 10 days in a high facility training camp in Stellenbosch.

From South Africa they traveled to Ivory Coast for an appointment at the Italian Embassy in Abidjan 

To honour the invitation of the Federazione Italiana Nuoto (Italian Swimming Federation), Abdul Turay will lead the team to Italy and will be responsible for facilitation of all the relevant documentation and issues pertaining to the training camp in Milan till the end of the one month training in Italy.

The team is presently in Abijan awaiting their visa.