Speaking to The Standard soon after the recent inter schools championship, Gomez said the response from the schools to the event was overwhelming and demonstrated the huge amount of attention given to athletics.
The GSSA president also affirmed that this year has been one of the most keenly contested championships in history because of the good quality of competitors who made it to Farafenni for the finals. “Overall, this means that the future of athletics in the country is bright,” Gomez said.
He said though the weather in Farafenni was not friendly, it however served as a test zone for the athletes since some of them may find themselves in international competitions in countries like Mali and other warmer climates .
He congratulated The Gambia Senior School for winning the past two championships. Latrikunda Sabiji won the Upper basic category.
Also speaking to this paper, Alagie S Darboe, Secretary General of GSSA explained that the championship has been given a new format since last year which makes the coordination from the qualifiers to the finals easy and smooth. “It was last year that we introduced this new system of creating zones, example, we created two regions in the Farefenni zone, two in Bansang zone , one in West Coast and two in Greater Banjul. Each of the regions had two qualifiers in each event which determined who goes to the national championship at Farefenni,” he said.
He noted with satisfaction the increase in the number schools which has risen significantly compare to last year.]]>