Amidst the first-of-its-kind guidelines for sports associations/federations, which were validated on August 14, there are still administrative and financial lapses as well as halfhearted relationship with the Ministry.
The impact of sports on the youths, for which the sports associations/federations were created has to be looked into to make all sporting associations ‘youth driven.’
Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr., in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday disclosed that a one day retreat among heads of all the 29 sporting associations and federations would take place on Saturday, October 17, tentatively at either at Liberia Baptist Youth Center or at the Liberia Baptist Seminary.
The retreat, according to Minister Yonton would basically focus on the validated Guidelines, the impact of the sporting association on the youth, challenges and prospects.
Other topics would include marketing, management, skill development, and public relations, amongst others.
This will also be the first-of-its-kind for the Sports Ministry to have a ‘retreat’ for sports associations.
“The main focus of the retreat will be what impact has the sporting associations have on the youth,” Deputy Minister Yonton said.
He added: “There will be several speakers, including Minister Eugene Nagbe and Deputy Ministers Dr. Nancy Freeman and Charles Saah N’Tow, amongst others.”
The retreat he said would be climaxed with the honoring of 10 individuals, who have immensely contributed to the development of sports in the country.
If the retreat is successful, many believe the lukewarm relationship between the Ministry and sports associations about the “delay or cut of allotment” would be settled as well as the frequent leadership crisis in the associations.
The retreat is also expected to address the ‘deception’ of the Amputee National Team, which traveled to the US under the pretense of honoring a tournament.