Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, the Norwegian 100-meter and 200-meter record holder, has been sentenced to 75 days in prison for domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. He has also been ordered to pay 30,000 kroner for damages according to reports in the Norwegian media today.
Jaysuma was originally from the town of Bakau, in The Gambian. At one point, he was the Gambian record holder in 200 and 800 meters before he switched his nationality to become a Norwegian. In September 2006, while pursuing training in athletics in Australia under the scholarship of the Gambia Athletic association and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jaysuma expressed his intentions to switch nationality. His intentions were carried in a letter he sent from Australia where he was studying, informing Gambia Athletics Association that he plans on becoming a Noweigian. He would go on to take bronze in the sprint in 2012 in Helsinki for his new country.
Mr Ndure will appeal the ruling in the Nedre Romerike district court.
Meanwhile, the Norwegian athletics federation said the judgment wouldn’t have any consequences for Ndure’s athletic career.