“This programme is born out of the realisation that lack of exercise can lead to health problems,” Marcel Mendy, Executive Director at the National Sports Council, NSC, told The Standard.
Mr Mendy also revealed that participants to this event would come from the Executive, Legislative and Judicial arms of the Government who will compete against the private and business sector.
The NSC man also announced that various sporting disciplines including athletics, football, volleyball, basketball, musical chair and others will be part of this year’s event. “But professional and active national athletes or players are not welcome in this event as it is reserved for only amateurs,” he said.
The Department of Non-Communicable Diseases at the Ministry of Health has been mobilised to conduct voluntary tests and provide health advice to interested participants wishing to know their health status during the three-day event. According to Seyfo Singhateh of the Ministry of Health, there will be free blood pressure testing, sugar level pressure testing and sensitization on Ebola virus in addition to testing for obesity, body mass index and cancer for anyone who is interested.]]>