The Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) has expressed fear of the absence of Liberia in the 2nd All African Games in Botswana from May 22-31st, 2014 if there is a continuous delay in the disbursement of funds to the team.
LNOC Executive Committee member Boie Corvah told the Daily Observer Monday that protocol demands that booking and notification to the organizer of Liberia’s participation should be done before Monday, the 31st of March.
He said the LNOC wrote the Ministry of Youth and Sports about two months ago of the 2nd All Africa Games and had attached the budget of over US$90,000. Mr. Corvah disclosed that four disciplines — table tennis, boxing, athletics and swimming — have been registered for the games before the end of the month, and said according to protocol, traveling information should be transmitted to the organizers. He said the four teams’ players and technicians and staff of the LNOC and Youth and Sports including a journalist will total a delegation of 22, which includes table tennis (Holder Karbowhen, 18, Mohammed Butler, 16, and Lasanna Weh, 15), boxing members: Joseph Kollie and Bill M. Konah, both 17.
Athletics and Swimming athletes are still in training to make up the final team. The Chef de Mission said the training package from the US$90,000 would enable the team to finalize their training mainly about the rules and regulations about their respective games and the general rules of the tournament. Corvah indicated that from the 11th to the 13th of December 2013, he and other Chef de Missions attended a seminar in Gaborone, Botswana about the various organizational and technical aspects and requirements of the Games as well as to give them the opportunity to inspect the sports venues and facilities.
The African Youth Games (AYG) is an international multi-sports event held every four years to compliment the current All-Africa Games. Liberia was amongst African nations which participated in the 1st African Youth Games (AYG) in Rabat, Morocco from the 13th of June to the 18th of July 2010.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports sponsored the nation’s team to the AYG, while the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) through the International Olympic Committee (IOC) helped in the local training.