LBA Chief Scolds Critics over ‘Gym Rental’

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Amidst condemnation on the rental of the open-air Sports Commission in the face of the raining season, the president of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) has assured teams and fans of a successful ending of the 2014 Basketball League.

Rufus Anderson said the rental of the basketball gym is to promote youth initiatives and governmental programs.

He said it is contrary to his critics, who argued that the rental is to generate funds to assist the LBA to run its national league, which faces the unpredictable weather.

Anderson told Daily Observer Sports Tuesday in an interview at his Sports Commission’s office that the rental of the gym is an expected routine that would not affect the league.

He said since the inception of the league on Wednesday, April 2 the gym has been rented twice: to the National Fast and Prayer Day’s program which directly affected two days of the league and the second, which will run from the 15th to the 16th but would not affect the league directly according to the fixture.

He noted that though funds are collected from the rental of the sports commission, which assists the LBA in running its national league, the funds are not the ‘core purpose’ as perceived by critics.

He indicated that for the past three years under his administration, the league has always begun in late March, but the league ended.

“Throughout the history of basketball the gym has been utilized by people while the League is going on and we end our League,” Anderson said.

“We cannot stop the support of governmental programs and we cannot also stop the promotion of youth initiatives at this gym—for example the Crusade which started yesterday, Wednesday is under the initiative of the Golden Image Program, headed by Culture Ambassador Julee Endee which will follow by a basketball game.”

He added: “I am not hopeful of the League ending despite the rental of the gym and the raining season, but I am confident, because we have been doing this for the past years in the interest of the promotion of youth activities and government programs.”

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