-To Sponsor local team the African Youth Games in Algeria
Liberia is expected to join over 50 other countries to participate in the youthful international multi-sport events, held every four years, known as the African Youth Games.
The 3rd Edition of the African Youth Games this year will be held in Algiers, Algeria, from the July 17–27.
Liberia is expected to be represented in four disciplines, including athletics (four athletes); table tennis (two athletes); taekwondo (two athletes) and cycling (one athlete).
The Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC), the governing Olympics body in the country, is seeking an audience with Chief Patron of Sports former international football player, who is now called President George M. Weah. The LNOC intend to formally present the ‘Olympics Team’ 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.
The Olympics delegation is expected to depart the country Monday, July 16, 2018 for the Games, as Liberia is expected to begin participating on July 19.
The Secretary-General of the LNOC, Frederick Pratt, said: “The Olympiad Solidarity is providing the tickets and accommodation for the athletes, while the government is responsible to provide per diem and accommodation for the officials. The Liberia National Olympics Committee has already purchased track suits for the teams and officials.”
“We have informed Youth and Sports Minister Zoegar Wilson about our audience with the Chief of Sports in order to have him sponsored four teams and officials to African Youths Games in Algeria.”
He added: “This is the first youthful Olympics games under President Weah, and his support to the team is significantly important for a successful participation.”
The teams began training in May 2018, and are sponsored by the LNOC, through the Olympiad Solidarity.
Those in training for Taekwondo are Philip S. Sarnoy and Richard B. Tellewoyan; Athletics include Charles Gbelia, Sunnyboy Barcon, Princess Dunah and Jermama T. Kanwie.
Other athletes are Ernestine J. Goodridge and Jeremiah Sarkpa for Table Tennis and Kollie B. Sumo, the lone man for Cycling.
Taekwondo coach Paul Dennis said for the past months the athletes have been learning the tournament’s rules and undergoing physical training.
“This week, they will begin doing techniques, tactics and skills training in the gym,” Coach Paul Dennis said.
As for the Table Tennis coach, Y. Yonton Kerbawhen said: “As of Monday, the kids will be at the headquarters on Broad Street, physical training is over on the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex.”
As for the Cycling official, Mr. Saah Roberts, he said cyclist Kollie Sumo is upbeat for the tournament, whereas the head coach for the Liberia Athletics Federation, Samuel Cooper, said he is hopeful of bringing medals back to the country.