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Gov’t praises Liberia’s 2016 Olympic representatives

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Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Henry Yonton
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Henry Yonton

MONROVIA, LIBERIA:-The Liberian Government is commending two United States-based Liberian track stars for representing the country at the Olympic Games in the Brazilian Capital, Rio de Janeiro.

According to Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Henry Yonton, the two stars’ representation of Liberia at the games was a show of patriotism and loyalty to country.

Deputy Minister Yonton has, however, clarified that Government’s inability to have underwritten the Liberian track delegation’s travel cost to and from Brazil was due to low budgetary constraints.

He expressed the hope that Liberia’s next preparation for and participation in the Global festive will be fully supported by the Government.

The Deputy Youth and Sports Minister’s clarification comes amidst claims by the LNOC authorities that the Government did not provide support to the local Olympic Committee to facilitate the country’s representation at the Rio Games.

Speaking to reporters recently in Monrovia, the President of the LNOC, Philibert Browne, said: “We could not carry more athletes to this year’s games in Brazil, because we did not receive any funds from the Government to facilitate Liberia’s participation.”

. Browne noted that they had to credit seventy five thousand United States Dollars (US$75,000.00) from a local bank to underwrite the delegation’s travel cost for the games.

According to him, two young Liberians, Emmanuel Matadi and Mariam Kromah, were the only two track stars who represented the country at the event.

Meanwhile, Matadi and Kromah have expressed satisfaction over their participation in the Olympic Games in the Brazilian Capital. They told reporters in Rio: “We are happy that we represented our country at the 2016 Olympic Games.”

“Though we did not win any medals in our respective categories, we, however, had great time at the international event,” the two Liberian track stars also told reporters in Rio.

Emmanuel came 6th on the track with a time of 10.31 seconds in heat 4 while Mariam Kromah came 5th in the 400 Meter Heat with a time of 52.79 seconds.

Though Liberia, along with other nations, has been eliminated from the Olympic Games, the sporting event is ongoing in the Brazilian Capitol, Rio de Janeiro.


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