The Liberia Handball Association has announced the expulsion of seventeen individuals for their alleged assault on one of its officials, at a recent meeting held at the Ministry of Youth Sports in Monrovia.
In a letter sent to inform Deputy Minister Henry B. Yonton and copied to Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe, of the decision, President J. Mayson Saweler said it was the decision of its Executive Committee.
Those affected are Jonathan Kollie (G. W. Gibson High School); Hadji Sesay and Abraham Queegbo (C. William Brumskine High School) and Varney Kawah (Gray D. Allison.)
Others are J. Aratus Larkpor (Tubman High); Abednego Koon (BWI); Medic Semitta Dukuly; Arthur Dormoh (Clara Town) and Forkpa Yogie of Buzzi Quarters.
The rest are players Beyan Quiah, Zwannah Taylor, James Keller, Wuyah Kromah, T-Boy Larmine, Irene Jallah, and under-training referee Samuel Hasay.
The LHA said its decision, among other things referenced, “The recent act of violence that resulted to a damage of the association’s vehicle’s view mirror and the attack on one of its officials during their visit to the MYS to amend and validate its constitution.”
It said, “They (players) came down stairs, sat on the vehicle, trying to remove air from the tyres and while moving the vehicle away from them, they (players) damaged the view mirror and attacked one of our officials in the premises of the Ministry.
“There was no attempt from any of the Ministry’s staffs to intervene during the incident.”
The Executive Committee’s letter, under the signature of LHA President Saweler also recounted previous incidents in 2012 (in Ghana) and in 2013 their unsuccessful attempt to influence their schools to boycott the Inter-School handball league.
Based on the factors enumerated, the Executive Committee decided that “these people are not interested in promoting handball in the country and therefore we have left with no other alternative but to expel them from our programs.”
Saweler said the LHA has informed schools that the affected students and representatives associated with.
In a telephone interview, Deputy Minister Yonton admitted receiving the communication from the Liberia Handball Association and noted that it is being reviewed and will communicate their response today, Friday, Feb. 6.
Meanwhile, Saweler told the Daily Observer that the assault case was lodged with the Liberia National Police pending arrest.