The usual military sports meeting will start tomorrow and end on Saturday at the National Stadium in Freetown.
This was disclosed by the Chief of Staff, Colonel Jah Tucker, at a press briefing at Cockeril. He said, “as you are aware, sports in the military is a critical component in keeping ourselves fit to meet some aspects of our physical challenges”.
He noted in addition that, “we also use sports to identify talents in various sporting disciplines for national teams. There are soldiers in almost all national teams in various sporting arenas. It was through such sport meetings that we were able to spot the current long distance runner Lance Corporal Mohamed Turay, (Yellow Man).”
He went further that ‘Yellow Man’ had represented this country in several international competitions and had brought laurels to Sierra Leone.
Colonel Tucker mentioned that currently they had put together two football teams, both male and female, and that they were now engaged in Western Area Division One and Kingtom Football Association tournaments.
Colonel Tucker stated that in the area of lawn tennis they were about to develop a team and that they had played friendly matches with YSC and would soon be in Bo for a tournament to be organized by the BO Sports Club.
He mentioned that, “this athletics meeting is going to be highly competitive as all participating teams have already completed their internal sports to select competitors.”
The Chief of Staff went further that the Army was now a stakeholder in the National Sports Council and that there was the need to support their sports meeting.
He noted that during the three-day competition, six teams would be participating including the ministry of Defence in white, Support Units in red, 3rd Brigade Eastern region in yellow, 4th Brigade in the North in orange,5th Brigade in the South in Blue and Freetown Garrison in the West in Green.
He also mentioned that there would be an invitation relay for the forces but that it was for officers. “During the three days competition about 25 events will be lined up,” he concluded.