Light at the end of the Tunnel?

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Since the suspension of basketball activities in June 2014 due to the Ebola disease and despite Liberia being declared free of the virus, basketball activities are yet to resume owing to the illegitimacy of the leadership.

As of January 2015, the LBA has postponed its congress and election four times and the latest was the freezing of the April 7’s election and the banning of all basketball activities, amid the ongoing disagreement between its leadership and an aggrieved stakeholders.

Howbeit, a new MOU which was signed on Wednesday, June 3, in the offices of the Youth and Sports Ministry, on 19th Street Sinkor, include the dates for congress and election amongst others counts which totaled to seven.

According to the MOU, congress is scheduled for August 6-7 to be climaxed with elections.

The MOU said as of Wednesday, July 1, the Elections Commission should be set-up by Mr. Rufus Anderson in consultation with the Executive Committee, and the Commission would have responsibility to provide the guidelines in consonance with the Constitution of the LBA.

The MOU recognized the voting rights of only 49 persons, which includes 15 members of the Executive Committee and the 34 clubs from the 1st, 2nd and female divisions.

The MOU further said congressional documents should be given to the stakeholders the 2nd week in July through the Sports Department of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, which shall be one of the observers as well as the Liberia National Olympic Committee and the Sports Writers Association of Liberia.

“The MOU also said any party who failed to adhere to this document the Ministry of Youth and Sports should take the necessary decision, which would be absolutely political interference,” Minister Yonton said.

Though Deputy Minister Yonton did not state whether a representative from FIBA-Africa is expected to also observe the elections, credible reports say either FIBA-Africa’s Zone III President or the Secretary General of FIBA-Africa is expected in the country for the elections.

The internal wrangling at the LBA has automatically denied the country of receiving logistic support from the continental and international basketball bodies.

The country will also not participate in 3 x 3 basketball tournament scheduled in Nigeria, from June 18– 26.

A 3×3 basketball game, known also as streetball or streetbasketball is a form is played three a side on one hoop (or on half court).

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