Nov 13, 2009, 1:34 PM
Alieu K. Jammeh, Minister of Youth and Sports, has said the ‘Sport for Health’ event will grow next year, calling on all to prepare fully well for it.
Minister Jammeh, who was speaking on Sunday at the Serrekunda West Mini Stadium at the wrapping up of the third edition of the ‘Sport for Health’ initiative jointly organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, added that if logistics permit them they would repeat the event before next year.
In addition to health benefit, they have realized that the socialization aspect of the event has also been addressed, he observed.
He thanked Middle Sex University for donating the medals and for also taking part in the event, saying they appreciated their generosity.
The partnership, which exists between the two institutions, is going from strength to strength, he pointed out, saying they look forward to receiving their counterparts in May or next year.
He also thanked the technical committee members at the Ministry of Youth and Sports for working hard in ensuring the event was successful.
He as well thanked sponsors and everyone that participated in the event, adding that they had no doubt everyone had time to enjoy themselves and socialize.
The competitors, including the Executive, Judiciary, Legislature, Combined Forces, Civil Servants, Non-Governmental Organisations, Politicians and Parastatals, brought together different stakeholders from the Gambia government and the private sector under one umbrella for the weekend full of sporting activities to further cement the cordial relations that exist between them as well as to exercise to keep their bodies healthy.
Combined Forces emerged winners in both the athletics and tug of war events. The Legislature won the football competition.
The volleyball competition award went to the Politicians. Musical was won by Ajara Samba of the Executive while Honourable Babou Gaye Sonko won the best goal-scorer of the event prize.
Various deserving individuals, institutions, sponsors among others were also honoured.