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LRR prepares for Independence Athletics Championship

Jan 17, 2012, 2:22 PM | Article By: Lamin Drammeh

Schools from the Lower River Region (LRR) are intensifying preparatory programme ahead of the annual inter-primary schools Independence athletics championship due to take place at the Independence Stadium in Bakau next month.

A teeming number of young and aspiring athletes descended on Sankandi/Niorro Jatta School grounds to take part in their annual athletics screening exercise in the rural settlement.

The event under the supervision of Alagie Saidykhan, who is selected by the regional sports committee to direct the exercise in the build-up to the final screening to be held in Soma, was seen busy trying to put some finishing touches on the ground.

Saidykhan, a native of Kanikunda, took the time to explain to Pointsport that he was in Sankandi to take the leadership role in the conduction of the primary schools’ athletics hits competition in Glouster Five, LRR.

He said: “Sankandi was identified as the venue for this year’s screening exercise for Glouster Five and the qualified athletes from this work will later be taken to Jarra Soma for the final screening exercise before proceeding to Banjul for the Independence Anniversary athletics championship in Bakau.

The schools, according to Saidykhan, are divided into five Glousters: glouster one, two, three, four and five.

The schools taking part in this year’s hits within glouster five included Jiffarong, Jali, Niorro Jattaba, Sankandi and Keneba, whose athletes are categorised into different age groups ranging from the junior boys, to the intermediate and senior athletes.

Saidykhan has high hope in his athletes ahead of the big event and believe they have all it takes to finish at the top this time around.

Glouster five has competed in the event for a long time now and have some of its former athletic stars competing at the highest level, notably Bakary Saidy, according to 32-year-old Alagie Saidykhan, who was one time an athlete.