Eleven young athletes have been selected by the Liberia Athletic Federation following their qualification in the April 26 time trials at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.
They are between the ages 14 and 22, and participated in five (5) events: 1500m male/female, 400m male/female, 200m male/female, 100m male/female and shot put male/female.
Coach Samuel Cooper named the qualified athletes as Andrew S. Kpehe (1500m male, time 4:30.34); Lucy Massaquoi (1500m female, time 5:48.42); Philip G. Lademo (400m male, time 51.58s); Abraham Harris and Sunnyboy Barcon (200m males, times: 23.12s and 23.84s respectively); Nancy Saah (200m female, time 25.30s); Richard Mayango (Shot put, best throw measured at 13.10m) and Galama Mawolo (Shot Put best throw measurement 9.85).
Those who had prior qualifications are Anis Faraj (5000m male), Kadmiel Enders (high jump) and Emmanuel Kartus (long jump).
Coach Cooper and LAF Secretary General Frederick Krah said the athletes will participate in the West Africa Region II Senior Championships and the ECOWAS Junior tournament, in Conakry, Guinea from May 12 to 14.
The technical regulations said male and female athletes for the junior tournament should be less than 20 years.
The events for the junior tournament include 100m, 400m, 1500m, long jump, high jump, and shot put.
Furthermore the events for the senior championships will be 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, and participants are less than 20 years.
Coach Cooper and LAF Secretary General are appealing to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for financial support.
They also appealed to business institutions as well as former athletes and sports enthusiasts for financial help in the amount of US$5,000 for transportation, per diems, and jerseys for the trip.