The announcement contained in a press release, also said the fiesta would begin with a volleyball competition from 29th to 30th April at the Gambia Senior Secondary School lawn.

 The statement disclosed that for the first time, there is a ‘venue committee’ which is tasked specifically to ensure that the venue, July 22 Square, is in good shape and all events coordinated within the time allotted.

 ”Also this year, there will be no duplication of the march past as only the morning procession will be staged to be followed straight away by the preliminaries of the sports so that by evening all would be set for the grand finals in all events,” Ida Bah, advocacy officer at the National Sports Council and an events fundraiser told The Standard. 


Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that the annual sports banquet which follows the event will again be staged this time on May 10, when awards will be handed to the winning institutions and partners who sponsored the activities. 

Over 50 institutions drawn from public and private sectors are expected to come together to compete in the event which includes the popular greasy pole, tug-of-war and a number of other interesting games. For the first time in the history of the event, the blind and heard-of-hearing will also take part. 

The release further urged interested companies to register   before the deadline of 22nd April by paying registration fees in the May Day Accounts at BSIC bank.


By Lamin Cham