-6 Clubs, 216 athletes
The Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) has announced the holding of a 2018 Club Athletics Championship on Saturday, June 30, beginning 8:a.m. at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, in Paynesville.
Six clubs of the LAF are expected to participate in the exercise, with each club presenting a contingent of 36 athletes and, at most, four officials. Four athletes, comprising at least two males and two females, are expected to represent each of the participating clubs in the nine events.
The nine field events are 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 1500 meters, 5000 meters, 4×1 relay, 4×4 relay, long jump, high jump and shot put.
The participating clubs are Conquerors (President Jonathan Enders), Liberty (President Isaac Montgomery); Fast Track (President Christopher Sayeh); Hillside (President Mohamed Osamane); Zoyah (President Worlea Saywah-Dunah) and Fast Spike (President Festus Robinson).
Mulbah Z. Zaza, president of the LAF, said the top three clubs will be awarded ‘Cash Prize’; whereas the Technical Department will scout young and talented athletes to represent the country in international events, if sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports or the business community.
Some of the pending international events are the African Youth Games, in Algeria (July 19 – 28, 2018); African Senior Championship in Nigeria (August 1 – 5, 2018), and the World Youth Olympics, Argentina (October 6 – 18).
“The championship is also intended to rank the clubs and select potential players that can represent the nation,” Zaza said.
Meanwhile, the LAF head coach disclosed that the national track team has become “inactive” due to a lack of financial support.
“At present, we only have two senior athletes, Abraham Harris in the 100 meters and Kedmiel Enders, a high jumper, who are training, so we need financial support to enable us restore the athletic team,” he said.
Besides the Annual National Club Championship, the LAF holds additional four competitions, including National High School Athletics Championship, World Athletics Day , National Time Day, Kids and the National County Meet.