27 Athletics Coaches in Level 1 International Training

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An 11-day international training for a Level One (1) Course for athletics coaches has been set from Monday – Saturday, October 16 to 27, at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) has announced.

At least 27 former athletes and physical education teachers have been selected to participate in the training for the development of athletes in the country.

The President of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF), Mulbah Zaza, said the training will be “very intensive” and would include both theory and practical.

“There will be morning sessions for theory and the afternoon for practicals,” the LAF boss said. “This will help qualify them for advance level, such as Level 2 intermediate and above, as well as increase our technical capacity.”

The training is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), while the International Association of Athletics Association (IAAF) provided the lecturers and the teaching materials from the Regional Development Center (RDC) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The lecturers are Mr. Era Gunen (Nigeria) and Salamatu Musa (Ghana).

Some of the topics will include Coaching Philosophy, Growth & Development, Biomechanics, Physiology, Sprint, Hurdles, Relays, Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump.

Others include Shot Put, Pole Vault, Javelin, Hammer, Race Walking, Fundamental Running, Discus, Steeple Chase, Middle-long distance, among others.

The LAF boss said his organization needs US$8,000, and is appealing to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for financial support.

Since 2013, the LAF has not received a yearly budgetary support from the government.

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