The reelected president of the Liberia Kickball Federation (LKF) J. Youryor Kollie has revealed that the Liberian government has abandoned its own sports owing to lack of budgetary support.
Mr. Kollie said since the 2012/2013 Fiscal Budget, the federation hasn’t received a ‘nickel’ from the government to run its annual league and it has hampered its decentralization program.
He made the disclosure during the official installation of elected officials on Saturday, April 4 at the headquarters of the Liberia National Olympic Committee on Randall Street.
Those inducted included President J. Youryor Kollie, Secretary General Milton Padmore and Treasurer Alex Kazor.
The positions for Vice Presidents for Administration and Operation are vacant because none was eligible to contest owing to the revised constitution which says only first degree holders (Bachelor) are qualified.
Despite the financial constrain the LKF boss said last month a sub-committee was established in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County with the recognition of 13 clubs.
“Mr. Matthew Davis has been appointed as chairman for the sub-committee in Grand Bassa County and their second division league would kickoff after the training of coaches and referees,” Mr. Kollie said. “We hope to do same in Smell-No-Taste and Kakata, Margibi County respectively before April ends.”
However, Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton clarified that the allotment for kickball has been deferred by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to the last quarter, which runs from April – June.
“Hopefully, kickball will receive its allotment this quarter and the delay was owing to deferments from Finance Ministry,” Minister Yonton said. “Boxing and Swimming are among the associations that received their money and hopefully Kickball will get theirs this quarter.”
Earlier, the keynote speaker and installing officer, Joe B.P. Kai – a research officer at the Education Ministry, urged the elected officials to be responsible, and accountable.