Operation Contain Ebola Athletics on ‘Good Friday’

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A two-day track and field competition which is expected to bring about 400 students from 20 senior high schools is now scheduled to kickoff on ‘Good Friday’ on 18th of April 2014 at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, in Paynesville.

Known as the National High School Athletics Championship, it was deferred from the 11th and 12th of April owing to the tight preliminary rounds’ fixture of the Intra Governmental League.

According to the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF), the championship’s theme is “Athletes for a Better World” under the sub-theme “Operation Contain Ebola.”

The championship, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, is also aimed to recruit young athletes for the Liberia Athletics Federation.

The vice president for technical affairs of the LAF, Frederick B. Krah said during the two-day event, there will be sensitization campaign on the prevention of the deadly Ebola disease.

He noted that some of the awareness messages will be: Not to eat dead bush animals; Be very careful in handling fresh bush meat; Treat your water with chlorine before drinking; Avoid eating plums/mangoes and other fruits partially eaten by bats; Avoid eating monkeys, bats, and bamboos; Prevent coming in direct contact with body fluids of infected persons or dead persons, amongst others.

Mr. Krah said the competition will start with a parade from ELWA junction and an indoor program where a representative from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Liberia National Olympics Committee and the Inter-School Sports Association and other well wishers, will make brief remarks.

Some of the events, according the LAF Technical Manager includ1500m, 100m, 400m 4x400m, high jump, shot put, 800m, 200m and long jump.

Krah said a trophy would be awarded to the overall winner of the tournament.

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