Spartans and Giants volleyball teams are set for the finals to conclude the regular volleyball tournament organized by the Liberia Volleyball Association.
The final game is on Sunday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex at 3p.m. Entrance is free.
The President of the Liberia Volleyball Association, Cllr. Moifee Kanneh said while the tournament has brought the best in the game, it is important for the Government of Liberia to increase its yearly allotment.
“U$3,000.00 is not enough to develop a national volleyball program,” Cllr. Kanneh told sports journalists at a press conference in Monrovia.
He said while his administration appreciates the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ role in gaining international recognition, it must help the association by increasing the annual financial allocation.
“This will help the association to reach out to its development goals,” he said. He refuted a suggestion that volleyball is dead, and noted that Liberia is 16th among 54 volleyball countries in Africa.
He added that his administration has introduced volleyball in several counties, including Grand Bassa, Bomi and Nimba.
“We want to take volleyball to another level,” Cllr. Kanneh said, “and to do that we need additional funds from the government.”
Contributing, the association’s vice president Derrick Dunbar said the U$3,000 provided to the association yearly is humiliating and therefore the government should consider increasing the allotment.
“Volleyball as a sport helps to develop the minds and physically develop the youths. Therefore the government must help,” Dunbar, a former deputy minister of youth and sports, said.
The two officials called on volleyball fans to come to the SKD Complex to enjoy the game.