Officers and members of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia last Saturday adopted their constitution at Raji’s Farm, Brewerville, near Monrovia.
At the roll call, 40 out of 70 registered members were present. Three members sent in excuse and 27 were absent.
The members went through the document and made additions to ensure that the document serves the collective interest of every journalist who reports on sports.
Before the review, SWAL president Roland Mulbah commended the 5-man Constitution Committee, headed by Vincent T. Yelegar and co-chaired by Mr. Hilary J. Colnoe for their work.
Other members included Omari Jackson, who served as secretary, Henry Flomo and Malcolm Joseph, former SWAL presidents, as members.
Also at the occasion was former SWAL secretary general, Akosa Ike, publisher of the West Africa Pilot and the president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Mr. Kamara A. Kamara.
In brief remarks after the successful adoption President Mulbah urged the members to remain committed to the association, as they forge ahead to ensure the promotion of Liberian sports for all.
Contributing, PUL President Kamara A. Kamara argued that while cricket is the world’s number one sport, since it is played in the most populous country, India, along with Pakistan and others, soccer holds its position as the most popular sport in Liberia.
He noted that while soccer’s major role in Liberia is undisputable, there are other sports that need to be promoted, mentioning basketball, table tennis, boxing, lawn tennis, taekwondo, karate and wushu that need much attention for their development.
He assured SWAL members that the PUL will always stand by the association in its efforts to ensure the development of sports in Liberia.
During the official discussion and before the adoption, SWAL members freely made suggestions that characterized the positive trend of a professional organization.
The members commended Mr. Mustapha Raji, president of LISCR FC for providing them the venue and refreshment to host and honor the occasion.
Meanwhile, the Constitution Review Committee received authorization from the members to complete the additions and subtractions and resubmit it to president Mulbah’s administration for the body.