By Ramatoulie Jawo
The Gambia Senior Secondary Sports Association (GSSSA) banned 13 schools from participation in the National Athletics Championship slated for 11th to 13th March 2022.
The association on Monday accused the schools of age-cheating and stressed that the ban is in a bid to eradicate age-cheating in school sports.
Bottrop Upper and Senior Secondary School; Mahaad Senior Secondary School; Jamisa Upper and Senior Secondary School; Ming-Daw Upper and Senior Secondary School; Kafuta Upper and Senior Secondary School; Jambang Jelly Basic Cycle School; Jambur Basic Cycle School; St. Peter’s Upper and Senior Secondary School; New Covenant Basic Cycle School; Nusrat Senior Secondary School; Scan Aid Senior Secondary School; Kotu Senior Secondary School; and Nemasu Senior Secondary School are the banned schools from the 2022 championship.
In addition, Bakoteh Upper and Senior Secondary School; Nemasu Senior Secondary School; Bansang Upper and Senior Secondary School; St. Michael Senior Secondary School; and Farafenni Senior Secondary School are also currently under investigation for allegedly using non-qualified athletes in the heats.
Ahead of the famous Inter-schools’ athletic championship, the President of the Association, Ismaila Ceesay has issued a strong warning to school level sports administrators against age-cheating.
He added that GSSSA is developing a software to fight the problem of using over aged athletes in the championship.
“We see that a particular athlete would finish schooling and sit for grade 12 exams, but he would later be recycled and participate again, which is against the rules of our competition,” Ceesay disclosed.
The GSSSA President said that his association wants to give chance to the young ones that are coming up, and advised athletes who have already completed their education to face out and give chance to others.
Giving a snippet of the event, Lamin A. Jammeh, Secretary General of the Association said they are expecting more than 100 schools to participate in this year’s competition.