Martina to Contest SWAL Presidency

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The vice president of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, Martina Brooks has said that due to her relentless desire to take the association to the next level, she will contest the next leadership of SWAL as president

This is a well thought and calculated decision,” she said at a press conference last week in Monrovia.

She noted, “Our impeccable record of dedicated service to the institution speaks for us.”

She explained that she understands the internal workings of SWAL and am prepared and well equipped for the task.

“This is our territory,” Martina said, and borrowing words from President Ellen Sirleaf, noted, “I will be a candidate and I will be a more formidable candidate.”

She said her interest is for the betterment of SWAL, a journey began two years ago as vice president.

“Looking back two years ago, I will say we made some strides but again, more needs to be done,” she said.

On SWAL’s achievement, she said, “We established a charity program, Helping Today’s Kids Become Tomorrow Stars,’ and identified with several schools, orphanages, and slum communities with and sporting materials.”

She added: “One of our major achievements as an institution was the role we played in the passage of The Sports Academy Bill.”

Without going into details, she attacked what she claimed as “fallacious, misguided and half-baked reports” against her, and said they were slanderous and untruth.

“I have never owed SWAL a penny,” she said.

“I remain fervently committed to doing what I love to do best, to serve SWAL and no amount of distraction, lies and cheap talk will sway me away from achieving such goal,” she said.

The SWAL elections are set on January 24 in Monrovia. Others in the presidential contests are Mr. Richard Manuba and Mr. Leroy M. Sonpon, lll.

The debate is set on Wednesday, tomorrow at the PUL on Clay Street, Monrovia.

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