Hundreds of athletics on their marks waiting for the whistle to run in the traditional Independence Day athletics championship, an important feature in the celebrations of the day since 1965, which is back on Monday.

The event will be competed among the 7 regions of the education system all of which have since begun an 11 day camping for their top athletes selected from inter regional meetings.
Organised by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, MoBse, in collaboration with the Primary Schools Sports Association, the event is supported by the Office of The President with additional support from the respective regional councils who chip in to help their regional teams.

The West Coast Region are the reigning champions for the second successive year and they will be hoping to make it a hat-trick of titles this year. Musa Mendy, desk officer for sport at MoBse and president of the Primary Schools Sports association, said all athletes will arrive and be lodged at the Friendship Hostel from Saturday. The championship a one-day affair, takes place on Monday, The Gambia’s 54th independence anniversary.