Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe has become the first and only public official, specifically a Minister of Youth and Sports to be honored by the executive committee, sporting associations and individual members of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC).
Minister Nagbe, on Saturday, March 28 was bestowed upon the LNOC’s Highest Honor, through a ‘gowning ceremony’ for his understandability in the Olympic Movement – promoting the Olympic Values and upholding the Olympic Norms – and the promotion and development of sports in the country.
The Minister would also be bestowed upon as an Honorable Individual Member of the LNOC during its Executive Meeting in April – which means Minister Nagbe would automatically become an executive committee member of the LNOC – during and after his political life.
“Minister Nagbe as of the April’s meeting will attend on executive meeting of the LNOC; would represent the LNOC and also participate in all LNOC activities as an honorary individual member,” Mr. Brown said.
Prior to Minister Nagbe’s appointment to the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Associate Justice Jameseatta Wolokollie served as Minister; followed by Madam Etimonia David Tarpeh and then S. Tornorlah Varpilah.
According to the LNOC, amongst the four Ministers, the current Minister understands the Olympic movement and its ideals, evidently with his utterances and actions.
Meanwhile, Minister hailed the headships of the sporting associations and the LNOC, and said there is a need to support sports in the country.
Minister Nagbe argued that if sports aren’t supported, the country would lose more than half of its generation of athletes.
He, however, urged associations to make use of their allotted meager budgetary support.
He lighted the camp fire of the retreat, which was followed with deliberations from presidents and representatives of associations about the achievements, challenges and prospects.
The following day, Saturday, the 2014 Congress was successfully held with the adoption of a resolution, acknowledging the activities held in 2014 and mandating the executive members of the LNOC to carry on the 2015 activities.
Secretary General Joseph F. Willie said 90% of the LNOC’s programs was halted, howbeit, during 2014, there were two coaches training workshop, the ANOCA Youth Games in Botswana and the IOC Youth Games in Nanjing, China.
According to his report, from January 13-18, 2014 the Wrestling Federation benefited from its 1st international course, conducted by Mr. Victor Kodei, an IOC expert and former Nigerian & Olympic Champion.
From January 29 – February 5, 2014, a cycling expert from the UK, Mr. Richard Douglas Shepherd trained 15 coaches.
In 2014, Liberia participated in the 2nd edition of the Association of National Olympic Committee of Africa (ANOCA) Youth Olympic Games held in Gaborone, Botswana – from May 22-31.
The country was represented with 11 men, which included the President, Philipbert Brown, the Chef de Mission, Boie Corvah;– Six athletes; two each from athletic and swimming and one each from boxing and table tennis.
The report further said the team did extremely well, and was able to qualify some athletes for the IOC Youth Games in Nanjing, but the Liberian delegation unfortunately did not attend because of the Ebola virus.
The report included the death of four of LNOC members – Charles B. Cummings , vice president for technical affairs/operations; Aaron Nawuoh, former assistant general secretary and course director; Arthur Y. Wesseh, individual member; Avenso Mulbah, former treasurer and Zoegar Jaynes, former director of communications.
The Congress endorsed the usage of US$75,500 for the renovation of the Olympic Village – which means there would be no subsidy to any member association.