Basketball Fate Still Uncertain

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Basketball chief Rufus Anderson, over the weekend, was hospitalized and diagnosed suffering from ‘high blood pressure’ and might not continue negotiation with aggrieved stakeholders, until after Doctors’ prescribed days of rest.

High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. Blood pressure is determined by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow in your arteries — stress and lose-sleep are some of the causes.

Speaking with the Daily Observer on Saturday, Mr. Anderson said he might also cut-off his cell phones, which is necessary for speedy recovery.

The outgoing president, for about two months has been under severe pressure from aggrieved stakeholders over his alleged financial and administrative malpractices.

On Thursday, Feb. 26 some aggrieved basketball players and stakeholders stormed the Broad Street’s Sports Commission with anti-Anderson banners, calling for his non-participation in the ensuring LBA elections, and sealed the two entrances.

But Anderson is poised for re-election to steer the affairs of the country’s second popular sports in which over 40,000 persons are actively involved.

The aggrieved stakeholders, on the following day (Friday, 27 February), refused to accept the proposition of a vice president’s slot and four slots on the Executive Committee.

The aggrieved stakeholders insisted on three of four of the vice presidents’ slots, which included Administration, Operations and Finance/Marketing.

The remaining slots, president, secretary general and vice president for manpower development are said to be for the president, and EC slots are to be for the clubs to decide, which Anderson also declined.

The deadlock resulted to the cancellation of election on Saturday, 28 February, for the fourth time.

According to basketball constitution, election is held in November of every four years, but the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has shifted the dates.

Recently held meeting at the Youth and Sport Ministry under the supervision of Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, also ended into a deadlock.

The LBA leadership has refused to cut-off the 14 embattled 3rd division clubs, arguing that they are legitimate, while the aggrieved stakeholders are on the contrary and which is the main reason for stalling the elections.

Many believe that with the continued deadlock in the basketball elections, the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) would suspend the basketball leadership and activities, until a compromise is reached.

However, it means that the hope of over 40,000 Liberians and foreigners, who were actively involved in the game, might be on hold– as you may be aware that basketball activities were suspended in June-2014 owing to the Ebola virus.

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