A two-day retreat and congress of the Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC) begins today at the Liberia Baptist Youth Camp on the Robertsfield highway, outside Monrovia.
The LNOC is the local Olympics sports body with 18 sporting associations as members and some individual membership.
The 2014 retreat and congress were could not be held last year due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Presidents and Secretary Generals of 16 sporting associations, individual members and the press are expected to attend.
The Volleyball and Lawn Tennis Associations have not been invited because of suspension and unresolved leadership crisis – howbeit, the Rufus Anderson’s leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) is still recognized.
The President of the LNOC, Philipbert Brown, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview via mobile phone yesterday, that Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and other sports officials are expected to participate in the retreat.
“Youth and Sports Minister Nagbe would lit the retreat’s camp fire and participate in the discussions of the retreat,” Mr. Brown said. “Each member would be given at least 30 minutes to explain his or her activities, prospect and challenges.”
Congress will follow Friday’s retreat on Saturday.
“Arrival will be on Friday by 6:00p.m and departure is Saturday after congress,” LNOC Assistant Secretary General Fred Pratt said.
This year’s retreat and congress will mark the 2nd year of Mr. Brown’s 3rd term – each term is four years.
Mr. Brown, who was the LNOC’s Vice President for Technical Affairs, became President of the LNOC in 2005.