The Liberia Canoeing & Rowing Federation (LCRF) is expected to carry on a massive recruitment of high school students in Montserrado County (ages 14 -26) to ensure mass participation of the sport.
In an interview recently, the vice president of the federation Atty. B. Augustus Tarpeh said efforts are underway to encourage athletes.
The major drawback, he said has been the lack of funding for its projects.
He explained that lack of funding has affected the federation’s activities and noted that the current awareness campaign is to ensure new direction for the sport.
Mr. Tarpeh further stated that many of those with the federation are aging, “there is the time now for new but young athletes to join the federation.”
He admitted that the LCRF receives a yearly subscription from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, which he said, “It is not enough.”
Atty. Tarpeh said canoeing and rowing is a new but wonderful sport to Liberians, and as a result the Ministry of Youth and Sports and partners should come to the federation’s assistance.
He commended the Liberia National Olympic Committee for its support to the federation and called on other bodies to follow LNOC’s example.