Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), the local governing body of Olympic sports in Liberia, has outlined about two months’ activities in the fight to stimulate the prevention of COVID-19 in Liberia.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health challenge and, as such, it demands a concerted effort and bold, continuous fight to prevent the transmission of the virus.
The Vice President of the LNOC, Cllr. Sylvester Rennie, told journalists on Monday that as part of the synergetic effort against the COVID 19 health crisis, the LNOC will begin the awareness and outreach as of Friday, February 26, to about 25 schools, 30 sporting facilities, and communities, to last over one month.
The COVID-19 prevention campaign awareness is expected to be interlaced with series of workshops expected to benefits over 200 participants including coaches, administrators, and captains from the Federations and Associations, and Inter-School Sports Associations.
Also, tactical training opportunities for athletes from swimming, tennis athletics, and among others will be made available in line with the new health and regulations of the COVID 19. The training, awareness, donations, and athletes’ preparedness are funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
“The COVID-19 campaign activities are basically aimed for the benefit of the Olympic sports and our athletes. It will last for about two months. our hope and prayer that after implementing the IOC sponsored programs, we will reach our targeted schools, communities, sports facilities, sports administrators, coaches, captains, and the rest of the athletes, in this time of crisis,” Cllr. Rennie said.
Today Madam Wislyne S. Sieh, Officer-in-Charge of Kpallah Clinic will serve as a guest lecturer and speak to students and instructors of the New Hope School of Health Science located in Point Four Community and also at the National Institute of Professional Students in Caldwell. The lectures will begin at 12noon.
Students, administrators workshop participants, and communities will benefit from anti-COVID donations including fliers, detergent, and sanitation, buckets, gloves, face masks among others.
On Saturday, February 27, the first workshop will kick off at the Apostolic Foundation School auditorium at Airfield Junction, under the theme, ‘Coaching Methods and Sports Administration in line with the New Health Protocol/Regulations.’ The training will be at 10 a.m. and will bring together 50 participants with 25 in each room in a spacial seating capacity.
The Assistant Director of Sports in Sports Bureau of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Kesselee Kanneh will speak on the Government of Liberia’s New Health Protocol/Regulations in Sports while Mr. Adolphus Kenta, the Director of Montserrado County Health Team of the Center of Disease Control (CDC) will lecture on preventive measures to be taken by coaches and sports administrators amid the COVID 19.
The workshop will continue on Saturday, March 6 at the same venue and at 10 a.m. with the last group of 25 participants from sporting federations, associations and the inter-schools sports association.
Meanwhile, in continuation of the sponsored IOC’s trainings, on Saturdays, March 13 and March 20 respectively, at the Apostolic Foundation School, there will be Anti-Doping Workshop which will bring to the fore coaches, captains and administrators.
More than 110 participants including 66 coaches, 22 administrators and 22 captains will benefit from two days’ training to observe the new health protocol of distances. Mr. Emmanuel Argu, the chairman of the Anti-Doping of Liberia will facilitate the trainings.