2015/2016 Basketball League in November

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The participating of youths in sports in some countries is the starting point for many to learn about becoming active and developing healthy habits they would carry throughout their lives, while in other countries the benefits are far greater than just physical health.

The lack of basketball league, the second popular sport in the country, which has denied over 2,000 youths of playing the game in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and female categories are upsetting and the disturbing leadership struggle would not stop the ball from bouncing at the Sports Commission.

Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, in an uncompromising tone, said that the government would not continue to allow the youths to be victims in the leadership fight, therefore the Ministry would use the Law that created the Ministry of Youth and Sports to ‘organize and run’ the 2015/2016 Basketball League confidently in November, if the leadership crisis remains unresolved.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, Minister Nagbe said ‘Leadership Crisis’ in court does not affect the running of the league, but rather the Writ of Injunction only halted “congress and elections.”

Minister Nagbbe stressed that the government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, would not keep the young people idle by denying them a chance to play basketball.

Though, he admittedly promised to engage the controversial leadership and the aggrieved stakeholders, the Minister hoped the ‘crisis’ would be withdrawn from court and settle peacefully, but if the two parties cannot reach a settlement, the Ministry would ensure a basketball league season.

It may be recalled that since January-2014, there has been a clash between the aggrieved stakeholders, comprising of presidents of 1st division clubs – including Calvin Diggs (Flames,) Malcolm Joseph (Cestos Morgas) as well as Henry Fahnbulleh, Ali Sylla and Abraham Samukai.

The Ministry and the LNOC made efforts to resolve the leadership crisis without success.

It compelled the Ministry through Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton to write FIBA-Africa for intervention, but their ‘refusal or delay’ in the dispute resulted to another ‘round-table conference’ in which Abraham Samukai signed on behalf of the aggrieved and Rufus Anderson for the leadership.

The quartet of the aggrieved stakeholders (Calvin, Malcolm, Ali and Henry) divorced themselves from the memorandum of understanding, arguing that Samukai was not part of the aggrieved stakeholders.

This led them to sue LBA to halt the elections and congress.

According to the spokesperson of the aggrieved stakeholders, Calvin Diggs, the best alternative for the resolution of the leadership squabble, is an interim leadership.


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