Speaking to The Standard yesterday, the chairman of the sports section of the May Day organizing committee, Pa Suwareh Fye, said due to the huge logistical requirements needed to be in place ahead of the event, it has been decided that preliminaries for some events must start a few days before May day. ”The Volleyball for example would start from April 28 to 29 so that we can cover ground before May Day . This year’s programme is also expected to be smoother and faster with the parade to be followed by the sports immediately, ‘he said.
As usual, the unique features of the events, that made this event popular, such as the greasy pole, musical chair, and the ever groovy tug-of-war, are all on the events list.
With renovation works at the Independence stadium not yet completed, May Day sports will again take place at the July 22 Square.
This is the first time this biggest sports event for workers is not being organized by the Gambia national Olympic Committee, GNOC, which started it back in the 90s and promoted it to become a mass sports.
However, the Ministry of Youth and Sports have stripped the GNOC of the right to organize it following its decision to sideline them in the wake of a nagging disagreement between the two.
Meanwhile there are still slots available for companies yet to register. According to Pa Fye, companies have up to April 17 as the deadline for them to register by paying a fee of D15.000 to a BSIC bank account number 0092021035 53006176.
By Lamin Cham]]>