Sports Council to stage May Day Sports

By Sulayman Bah
National Sports Council has voiced readiness to stage this year’s MayMay Day Sports
Day Mass Sports. The year 2015 will mark the 2nd Edition of the May Day Mass Sports spearheaded by a National Organising Committee under the auspices of the National Sports Council.  The NOC will be Chaired by the Chairman of the NSC Mr Lamin King Colley.
The 1st Edition which was held in 2014 attracted over 60 Institutions
and about 15000 participants. It was held at the July 22nd Square in
Banjul.
The objectives of this year’s edition which will be held at the July
22 Square include among other things to encourage healthy lifestyles
for the citizenry who ordinarily would not take part in sports and
physical exercise as a means of keeping fit; to enhance knowledge on
ethics of sports; to use sports as a unifying force in the society; to
enhance the passion for sports and sports related activities and thus
create an attraction; to use sports as a platform for physical
activity and to use sports to break barriers of discrimination of any
form.
This edition of May Day Mass Sports as part of activities marking the
Gambia’s Golden Jubilee will commence with a colourful parade of
participating institutions to be led by the National Organising
Committee.  The sports activities will be preceded by an address by
the Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports among other personalities.
Athletes will compete in the following events:
10 0m Sprints – men and women
4x100m Relay – men and women
400m- men and women
Tug of War –  mixed teams
60m Three-Legged Race – women
60m Potato Race – women
60m Sack Race –men
Musical Chairs Challenge – men and women
Climbing of the Greasy Pole
70m-Heads of Departments Race
70m-Team Managers Race
70m-Cabinet Ministers’ Race
All interested institutions are invited to a meeting at the
independence stadium on 19th March, 2015 at 12:00pm.