New Sports Minister to Visit Olympic Village

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In an effort to strengthen the relationship between the Youth and Sports Ministry and the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Minister Saah Charles N’Tow will visit the country’s Olympic Village.

Minister N’Tow, along with Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton Jr., Assistant Sports Minister V. Murvee Gray and staff of the Ministry’s Press Bureau, headed by Navarro Saykie, are expected to visit and tour the Olympic Village on Thursday, March 17, at 11 a.m., LNOC vice president for administration Cllr. Sylvester Rennie told the Daily Observer yesterday in exclusive interview.

Minister N’Tow and his entourage will explore the Olympic Village and climax it with a meeting with executive members of the LNOC headed by Philipbert Brown.

The visit to the Olympic Village is part of the new Minister’s approach to familiarize himself
with the LNOC, including its value, mission and vision.

The Ministry’s agenda will include improved strengthening of the partnership between the Ministry and the local governing Olympic body.

The Olympic Village was erected by the LNOC with financial aid from the Liberian government. The construction of the village began in 2005 and was completed and dedicated in 2007. The Village comprised of multipurpose courts, tracks, soccer field and an administrative building.

Since then several programs have been hosted by the LNOC and sponsored by the Olympic Africa Foundation, the OIC or ANOCA.

The LNOC was established in 1954 and participated in her inaugural Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia in 1956. Liberian athletes were the late Joseph Namah and Sam Massaquoi.

The former Youth and Sports Minister, Eugene Lenn Nagbe, had a very good relationship with the LNOC and he was honored and gowned by the LNOC as an honorary member.

The LNOC is comprised of individual members, officials, former Olympians and honorary members.

For over a decade the LNOC has been headed by Philipbert Browe, with Cllr. Sylvester Rennie as VPA. Mr. Malcolm Joseph replaced Mr. Charles Cummings as Vice President for Technical Affairs owing to his untimely death. Fred Pratt is the Assistant Secretary General and Mr. Joseph Willis is Secretary General.

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