–Departs for Freetown, Kendema
At least four gold medals have been eyed by the Liberia’s Lone Star Track & Field Team in the Sierra Leone 2018 Traditional Boxing Day activities scheduled for December 23 – 26, 2018 in Freetown as well as the Kendema Mayor’s Marathon and Track & Field Tournament from December 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 in Kendema, Sierra Leone.
Head coach Samuel Cooper said ‘Team Liberia’ has upped her motivation and determination to increase the substance of medals to demonstrate further that the country is not a ‘mere participant’ which has been for the past four years.
A 20-person delegation, comprising 15 athletes, is expected to depart the country early today, hopefully by 6:00 a.m., for a one-day road trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone to participate in two competitions in Freetown and Kendema respectively.
Coach Cooper told the Daily Observer yesterday via mobile phone that the Liberian athletes will participate in at least nine events; 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, Long Jump, High Jump, and Shot Put.
The athletes are Nancy Saah ( 100m/200m/Long Jump); Otricia Borkuah (High Jump/100m); Philip Lademo (400m); Andrew Kpehe (1500m/ 5000m); and Marcox Sackie (800m); Charles Gbelia (100m/200m/ Shot Put); Lydia Gbar (800m/ 15000m); and Harris Melemore (5000m).
Other athletes include Abraham Davis (400m); Tonita Dahn (100m/200m); Tracy Chayee (100m/200m); Emmanuel Kartus (100m/Long Jump); Edwin Derkiah (100m/200m); Cornelius Pennoh (Long Jump) and J. Rick U-Fayee (100m/200m).
The technical team comprises Coaches Samuel Cooper, Bill Sheriff, Samuel Kiazolu, Ernest Zeigler and medic Abraham Harris.
It may be recalled in the 2016 Boxing Day activities, the first post Ebola Boxing Day program, Liberia snatched five medals – one gold, two silvers and two bronce. Mr. Anis Faraj (aka Butterfly) won the lone gold medal in the 1500m.
Also in the 2017, Liberia grabbed four medals in both male and female categories; namely two silver medals in the male edition 1500m and 5000m respectively and two bronze medals in female events, shot put and long jump .
Coach Cooper told the Daily Observer that ‘Team Liberia’ will be more zealous in Freetown as compared to what occurred during the U-20 ECOWAS Games in Accra, wherein Liberia got two medals amongst at least 350 athletes from 14 countries.
Liberia’s male shot put got Silver Medal, while female shot put won a Bronze Medal.
However, because of the comparative competition in which Liberia won medals, the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports has congratulated ‘Athletic Team Liberia’ for representing the country and clenching two medals in the U-20 ECOWAS Athletics Championship.
Youth and Sports Minister D. Zoegar Wilson and Assistant Minister for Sport James Toe in separate remarks, extended their “thanks and appreciation” to the team.
The Ministers made the statements when the LAF formally presented ‘Athletic Team Liberia’ and the ‘Medals.’