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GNOC executive director on May Day Sport, other activities

Apr 30, 2010, 4:20 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Barely 24 hours to kick-start the 20th edition of May Day Sports, organised by the Gambia National Olympic Committee, the Executive Director of the Gambia National Olympic Committee, Lawrence Bruce revealed plans ahead of the big event, set to commence tomorrow at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

Bruce, who spoke to Pointsport in an interview at the Paradise Suites Hotel on Wednesday, said plans are at an advanced stage to celebrate yet another May Day Sports following the successful staging of last year?s programme, where a good number of companies converged at the country?s only stadium to celebrate the event in a stunning fashion.

"We started the event since the 27th of this month with girls' conference at the GNOC's office, which brought together students from 10 schools along with their PE teachers, geared towards increasing women prominence in sports," Bruce stated. This is shortly after leading a total of 40 sports reporters to an intensive lecture at Paradise Suites Hotel, as part of events marking the May Day Sports programme on Wednesday afternoon.

This, Bruce added, was followed by a march-past at the stadium on Thursday.

"As part of our programmes, a football game will take centre stage between female nurses and female teams from KMC at the Serrekunda East Mini-stadium on Friday," Bruce informed Pointsport.

The event will involve an impressive total number of 60 companies, who are looking set to compete in the events, such as relay, tug of war, musical chair, among other events, in the race to claim the top award on Saturday.

The event is expected to continue with other activities, ranging from volleyball and wrestling among the 60 participating companies, including a team from civil service on Sunday, at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The GNOC, according to Bruce, will host an annual sports banquet and award ceremony at the Kombo Beach Hotel on Monday, meant to honour outstanding contribution of sports men and women, who have been very instrumental in the development and promotion of sports in the country for the past 12 months.