A 5-man leadership of the Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF) has been sworn in to steer the affairs of the association.
Those inducted for the next four years were former vice president and coach, Mr. Adolphus Wade, President; retired Liberian tennis champions, John Wolo vice president and John P. Dexter, secretary general.
Others include Josiah Gono (coach) as treasurer and Chaplain Henry Brown.
The induction was held over the weekend at the residence of the LTF’s former president, Siaka Turay, near St. Paul Bridge, outside Monrovia. The installation followed three weeks of the elections, which took place at the Cooper’s Compound on 9th Street Sinkor, where they were all elected unopposed.
In his induction speech, LTF boss hailed the Board of Directors and Constitutional Review Committee, chaired by Cllr. Lloyd Kennedy; Dr. W. Taylor Neal, the chairman of the Ad Hoc Elections and the Special Committee from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, by Kesselee K. Kanneh.
In a one-year work plan, President Wade outlined seven pillars to rekindle the sport and take it to another level.
He spoke about the reestablishment of the LTF’s standing with its mother federations – the International Tennis Federation and the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT).
He said the LTF intends to acquire a letter of acknowledgement from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, to introduce the new leadership to both ITF and CAT, and would from now to December, pay US$1,442.00 for outstanding membership dues for the periods of 2013 and 2014; and also pay US$3,000 to CAT for outstanding membership dues from the period 2011 – 2014.
Mr. Wade stated that his leadership would undertake tennis development initiatives for its coaches and players; rebrand the LTF by getting corporate sponsorship; engage in public awareness to strengthen relations with LTF’s Board of Directors, the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
He added that the leadership would also promote the establishment of at least six functional tennis clubs and participate in all CAT and ITF tournaments.
Two of the LTF former presidents, who are currently members of the Board of Directors, expressed their satisfaction over the end of a leadership crisis that paralyzed the organization.
With the closure of the SKD’s tennis court, Mr. Siaka Turay told the association to use his court anytime for the improvement of the kids, while Cllr. Lloyd Kennedy urged the administration to target in reestablishing the association with the mother federations and decentralized the sports.
On behalf of the Liberian government, Assistant Minister of Sports Murvee Gray, who also served as installation officer, also expressed satisfaction over the end of the tennis’ leadership discord and pledged the ministry’s full cooperation.
Since the death of Professor Harold Monger, President of the LTF then came a series of court actions on the eligibility of vice president Hussein Cheaitou, a Lebanese national who has great love for the sport.
With the induction of a new leadership many at the ceremony hoped that the administration will keep its focus on Liberians youths who have great love for the sport.