The Executive Director of Sports Life Ministry International Sierra Leone, Pastor Yatta Samura hailed joggers who jogged on their 16th edition ‘Jog for Jesus celebration for turning out in their numbers.
Pastor Yatta applauded the rousing crowd which includes members of various sporting associations, the Christian community and non-Christians who joined them in the jogging process on Saturday, for their effort in making the event ends successfully.
He emphatically stated that this year’s ‘Jog for Jesus’ was well celebrated as more people joined them to pray for the development of sports in Sierra Leone.
“The jogging was a blessing to the sporting family because we use it as an avenue to call on the name of God for divine blessing in Sport”.
“It is also one of the programmes Christian and non-Christians have been looking forward to every year, as this has been a blessing to them because of the testimonies given by people when their sicknesses are healed after jogging for Jesus, “he said.
The Pastor disclosed to the crowd that they didn’t only stage jogs, but also organizes coaching and leadership training for their members locally and internationally.
“We also organize football and athletics competitions for schools and churches. Our immediate plan is to see how best we can embark on training kids in different sporting field as these kids are the feature leaders”.
Speaking on the on behalf of World Health Organization (WHO) on the importance of jogging in human health, was Madam Aminata Khobe who stated that regular physical activity of moderate intensity such as walking, cycling or doing sports has significant benefits for health.
Madam Khobe explained that insufficient physical activity is one of the leading risk factors for global mortality and is in rise in many countries and people who are insufficiently active have 20%to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active.
One of the joggers who participated in the jogging for the first time, Edward Kamara said he was impressed with what he saw during the jogging as those from the western area and the eastern area meet at a certain point in uniformity to finish the jogging together.
An athlete, Mary Sesay who has been regular in the jogging said the jogging has helped her to improve physical ability and self-composure in athletics.
By Bernard Turay
Tuesday April 12, 2017.