The Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) has announced the submission of US$151,000.00 financial budget to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the 2016 Brazil Olympics.
The LNOC made the formal disclosure yesterday at a local resort after an executive committee meeting, chaired by President Philipbert Browne, with Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton Jr., representing the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Liberia’s Chef de Mission, Malcolm Joseph, who is also Vice President for Technical Affairs of the LNOC, said the submission of the budget is to enable the government to support the country to the Olympics – which he termed as ‘Political Olympics.’
The 2016 Rio Olympics is from August 5 – 21 this year and Liberia will participate in athletics.
Mr. Joseph told journalists that the LNOC has borrowed money to purchase three sets of track suits, sneakers, Liberian flags and other materials for the athletes and technicians.
Mr. Joseph said he is also processing the registration of the athletes and tacticians. “We have submitted a budget for US$151,000 to the Ministry of Youth and Sports and we are hopeful of their full support for us to be part of this Olympics,” he said.
The Liberian delegation will comprise of 15 members – including the Minister of Youths & Sports, the Deputy Minister of Sports, the President and Secretary General of the LNOC, athletes, among others.
The Vice President for Technical Affairs of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF), Frederick Bobby Krah said he is hopeful that some of the 10 local athletes undergoing training could qualify for the Olympics.
Already, four US based Liberian athletes, who have over the years been sponsored by the LNOC, have qualified for the Olympics.
Deputy Sports Minister Yonton said his presence at the meeting was to observe the LNOC’s executive committee.
LNOC President Browne said, “I am confident the government would ensure Liberia’s participation in the Olympics in Brazil.”