Gambia is set to participate in the April Commonwealth Games taking place on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, event organisers said on Monday.
The West African nation, under the government of former President, Yahya Jammeh, had withdrawn from the Commonwealth of Nations in 2013 and did not compete at the 2014 Glasgow Games.
The country, however, applied for readmission after its government changed in 2016.
A general assembly will be held at the Gold Coast on March 31 encouraging members to approve Gambia’s reintroduction ahead of the competition, Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin said in a statement.
“We have raced against the clock to put forward a resolution,” Martin said.
While noting it was a “last-minute dash,” Gambia National Olympic Committee president Dodou Joof said the opportunity was “just too important to miss.”
If approved, the team of six athletes would compete at the Games which begin April 4.
Their participation would lift the number of countries and territories competing to 71.
A Gold Coast appearance would mark Gambia’s 11th Games.