Coaches, referees and wrestlers from the Liberia Wrestling Federation (LWF), schools, including universities have begun a 6-day intensive training at the open-air Sports Commission on Broad Street, Monrovia.
The training is under the sponsorship of Olympic Solidarity, through the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC). The facilitator is the former Nigerian wrestling champion Victor Kodei.
The 6-day training is aimed at building the capacity of Liberian coaches, referees and wrestlers, in accordance with the LWF’s ‘Take Wrestling to the Schools.’
The Secretary General of LWF, Boakai K. Davis, who is also the chief referee, disclosed that about 20 wrestlers, two coaches and two referees from the federation, as well as two technicians (coach and ref) from nine schools and a University, are also participating.
The schools are Tubman High, G. W. Gibson, J.J. Roberts, D. Twe, E.J. Goodridge and Haywood Mission, Matilda Newport, Paynesville Community School, A. Glenn Tubman Junior High School and the University of Liberia (UL).
Wrestling expert Kodei is a 14-time Africa champions (undisputed), 5 times champion for Commonwealth and 4 times Olympics champion. He was also a champion in the Free-Style Wrestling.
The closing program is scheduled for Saturday, 18 January 2014, at the Sports Commission, beginning 12noon.
Representatives from the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the LNOC, including the media are expected to grace the program.