Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) this past Sunday marked the World Sports Journalist Day (WSJD) in a unique and sports festive atmosphere at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown.
Since elected as President of the country’s sports journalism body, the Frank Cole administration has been celebrating the WSJD however they took it up a notch with this year’s celebration which was unique with a fund-raising football tournament, cycling race and karate display.
Despite taking the lead courtesy of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) General Secretary, Christopher Kamara, the Sports Administrators saw the journalist squad reacted immediately with Desmond Tunde Coker scoring a brace while Kemoh Sesay sealed the win for the celebrants.
The SLFA scribe grabbed his second of the afternoon from the penalty spot after the Western Area Football Association’s, Kashor Holland-Cole was brought down in the 18-yard box.
Meanwhile, the Kroobay Community were crowned the SWASAL World Sports Journalist Day champions after winning 7-6 on post-game penalty following by a 1-1 draw at full time to lift the ‘Rodney Michael Trophy’. Their success follows a win by the Kroobay Community whose U-12 boys won last year’s tournament.
The other events of the day saw Sierra Leone’s top road-race cyclist, Augustine Sesay win the 15-lap intensive ride while the country’s national karate team performed several demonstrations.
In line with this year’s theme; ‘Social Media must be harnessed and used well and not abused’ the SWASAL President like the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) leader, Gianni Merlo appealed and encouraged sports journalists to use social media in a positive way that will aid reportage in the country.
By: Sahr Morris Jr.