It has become a challenging and upsetting condition the continuation of the National Handball League, which brings over 1,000 students from elementary, junior and senior high schools, without budgetary support from the Liberian government.
The lack of funding from the government is retarding the development and promotion of handball and the momentum that was lighted since 2009 is growing dimmed.
The President of the Liberia National Handball Association (LINHA), J. Mason Saweler in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend is using this medium to appeal to Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, after several communications, to include the association in the national budget.
LIHNA has been cut from the government budget since 2012 under the administration of Youth and Sports S. Tornorlah Varpilah, Mr. Saweler said.
Mr. Saweler, in a sober tone, also urged other staffers of the Ministry including Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton, Assistant Minister Murvee Gray and Director of Sports Navarro Saykie to help allow the association to get subsidy in the 2015/2016 Fiscal Budget.
According to reports, Handball begins to benefit from the government’s subsidy as of 2009, during the era of former Minister Etimonia David-Tarpeh through the instrumentality of past Deputy Sports Minister Marbue Richards.
In 2009 and 2010 Handball received US$1,500; in 2012, the association got US$5,000.
Mr. Saweler disclosed that the association funds its national league through the registration of participating schools, financial support from the International Handball Federation (IHF) and financial support from the association’s officials.
The handball boss divulged that the association is soliciting financial support to take handball into four counties – Margibi, Bong, Bassa and Bomi during the 1st semester and during the 2nd semester the national league would kick off simultaneously around the country.
The defending male and female handball champion in the senior high division is Sarah Barclay High School; while in the junior high category, Newport Junior High clinched the female trophy and Marvii Sonii won the male plaque.
The Slipway Elementary School took the male trophy in the elementary division and the Caldwell Community School received the female medal in the elementary division.