The passing-on of the management of the country’s largest conglomeration of training facilities, the OlymAfrique Village, to the government is in its peak, LNOC President Philipbert Brown has said.
He told the Daily Observer over the weekend that it has been the LNOC’s aspiration for the government to control the village since its construction six years ago.
Mr. Brown said a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to authorize the Ministry of Youth and Sports to take over the administration will reach the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The OlymAfrique Village is located in Kemah Town, Soul Clinic Community, outside Monrovia.
The sports village was primarily constructed (in 2007) to develop the physical abilities and skills of athletes as well as their minds.
The Liberian government contributed 20% in the amount of US$35,000 to the construction of the village, while the LNOC provided US$115,000, equivalent to 80%.
The tennis and basketball courts at the village are crumbling and in disrepair. There is no fence separating the Olympics Village from the road that many have described as health hazard.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Dionysius Sebwe admitted that the government will officially take over the administration after the MOU is signed.
The Acting Director of the Village, Ahmed Tukpah said the village houses approximately 2,500 athletes during a program.
Four major programs have been held at the village. They are the Samsung Football, Samsung Athletics, IAAF 13-15 Youths Athletics and the Futvolnet (the Spanish word for football).