NSC holds press conference ahead of May Day Sports

Thursday, April 23, 2015
National Sports Council (NSC) yesterday held a press conference at the Independence Stadium Conference Hall in Bakau ahead of the 2015 May Day Sports.

The conference was meant to discuss the state of preparedness of the organizing committee for the annual May Day sports set for 1 May 2015, at the July 22nd Square in Banjul.

Speaking at the press conference, the executive director of NSC, Marcel Mendy, said forty institutions have so far paid registration fee for this year’s edition, adding that other interested institutions would pay their fee before the day.

Mendy stated that NSC held series of meetings as part of preparations for the annual May Day Sports.

He said they would do all they could to start on time this year as the events started late last year.

Mendy further stated that they have planned to demarcate the football pitch so institutions’ participants would have enough space to seat during the events.

Mendy also revealed that the minister of Youth and Sports and the Minister of Trade “will deliver their speeches during the event”.

This year’s event will also witness the introduction of eating to be completed by the participating institutions, as well as a sports banquet, the NSC executive director said.

Mendy also said they would put measures in place, including disqualification, to discourage institutions fond of using athletes not in their pay roll.

“Last year some institutions were accused of using students,” he said, whilst appealing to institutions to comply with the organizing committee to avoid disqualification from the event.

Ebou Secka, a member of May Day Sports Sub-Committee, said 2015 May Day Sportswill witness walk race, 4x4 100 meters, 100 meters, potato race musical chair, Cabinet race, Minister’s race, dressing competition, famous crazypole among other events.

Pa Dodou Sarr, a member of the Security Sub-Committee, said the security is not on the ground to create problem, adding that they only want everybody to comply with them during the event.

Sarr urged all team managers to work hand in glove with the security in order to register a successful May Day Sports event.

Author: Lamin Darboe