Days after seeking the audience of the Chief Patron of Sports, the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) has met Chief Patron George Weah ahead of their trip to Algiers, Algeria, for the 3rd edition of the African Youth Games (AYG).
Liberia is expected to join over 50 other countries to participate in the youthful international multi-sport events, held every four years and will be represented in seven disciplines, including athletics (four athletes); table tennis (two athletes); taekwondo (two athletes) and cycling (one athlete), long Tennis (two athletes), Shooting Gun (one athlete) and Swimming (two athletes).
According to the website of the Executive Mansion, President Weah yesterday met in audience the delegation of the LNOC headed by Youth and Sports Minister Hon. Zeogar Wilson at his Foreign Affairs Office.
President Weah encouraged the team to ignite all efforts in raising the flag of Liberia and to represent the nation as ambassadors who are serving on a duty for a national cause, according to the website.
He said the team should view their presence and participation in the pending tournament as a means of lifting the flag of Liberia through sports and should ensure that Liberia achieves the purpose for their participation on the African Continent.
Earlier, the LNOC intended to formally present the delegation to the Chief Patron and request for financial assistance in the tune of US$55,000 to enable the 22-man delegation to go to Algiers, Algeria, for the 10 days of the event. According to reports, an undisclosed amount was presented to the delegation to facilitate their trip to the competition.
AYG is an international multi-sport event held to complement the current All-Africa Games. The first games were hosted in Rabat, Morocco. This international sportive event has been created by Lassana Palenfo, current director of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa. The idea arose in 2006, but the very first African Youth Games only occurred in 2010. The second edition was held in Botswana, 2010 with Egypt winning the highest number of medals.