The annual Basic Schools Inter-districts sports festival has taken off in Yendi. Participating teams comprise selected school children from the basic level across the Northern Region of Ghana.
It is a ten day event involving competition for honours in disciplines such as Football (boys and girls), volley, hand ball, netball, table tennis, athletics among others.
The games will however, end with one of the districts in the Northern Region crowned overall champions of the games. The games also marks the stage where a regional team will be selected to represent the Northern Region at this year’s inter-regional sports festival to be hosted in Koforidua from the 24th August to the 2nd of September, 2018.
Basic schools from the Tamale Metropolitan area, Yendi Municipal, Bole district, East Mamprusi District, Nanumba North Municipal, Tatale/Sanguli District, Sawla /Tuna / Kalba District, Mion District among others are poised for action.
At the opening ceremony, the Northern Regional minister, Honourable Mr Salifu Saeed indicated that the essence of the competition was to promote and enhance a strong bond of friendship, brotherhood and love among the sports boys and girls. His speech was read on his behalf.
He urged the selected athletes to be dedicated, respectful and obedient ambassadors of the region when the onus lies on them to represent the region and noted that physical education if well planned and effectively taught in the schools could help retain the school going age and rid the cities and towns of dropouts.
He employed the athletes to respect the rules and regulations of the competition and not to take the law into their own hands when things don’t go their way.
Host Yendi Municipal managed a narrow 1-0 victory over East Gonja to ensure they give the home fans something to be happy about. It however remains to be seen if they would continue the good start for the home fans.