With few days to the official resumption of activities of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) and other Olympiad sports, the country’s only sports hub – the Olympic Village, is undergoing an “Impact Renovation.”
The Olympic Village, located at Kemah Town, Soul Clinic Community, in Paynesville was severely hit owing to the heavy rain and thievery amidst the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
The Village is situated on a 10-acre land – with an edifice, a football pitch, track, and multipurpose basketball courts.
The Vice President for Administration of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) Cllr. Sylvester Rennie told the Daily Observer on Saturday that the delay in the renovation of the Olympic Village was because of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus.
The LNOC, he said directed buttressed government’s effort in supplying anti-Ebola materials to schools and communities in seven counties as part of the preventive measure against the pandemic.
“After successfully contributing to the national emergency we deem it necessary now to begin renovating the Olympic Village and we are happy to say the first phase of the renovation, which has to do with the building, has been completed,” he said.
He added: “The erection of signboards, completion of the fence, painting, brushing, renewing of the athletics’ tracks, among others will be tackled in the second phase.”
“And the third phase would include the basketball courts, football field and others,” the LNOC Vice President said.
He announced that a total of about US$4,000 was used to complete the renovation of the Olympic Village’s edifice.
At the recent 2015 LNOC Congress, the stakeholders endorsed the yearly budget of US$ US$75,500 for the Olympic Village.
Mr. Ahmed Tukpa is the Director of the Olympic Village. He is also the President of the Liberia National Swimming Association.