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Liberia Athletics Federation out of ECOWAS U-20 event?

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Some Liberian athletes in training session
Some Liberian athletes in training session

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-The Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) says it needs more than Four-thousand US dollars to participate in the upcoming ECOWAS U-20 Athletics Championship.

The ECOWAS U-20 Athletics Championship begins on June 20 and ends June 24,2018 at the Gold Coast Stadium in Ghana.

The amount, according to the Secretary General of the Liberia Athletics Federation, Frederick Krah, will go towards payment of travel of the Liberian delegation, purchasing of track suits and other equipment and perdiem.

Five athletes and a coach are expected to form the Liberian delegation to the competition.

The athletes selected are, Lawrina Cooper (Shot Put) and  Nancy Saah (100m, 200m & Long Jump) for the female event; while Andrew Sele Kpehe (1500m & 5000m); Sunnyboy Barcon (100m, 200m & High Jump) and Charles Gbelia (Shot Put & 100m) will compete in the male games.

Besides the ECOWAS Games, the LAF President Mulbah Zaza said the country is also expected to participate in the 2018 African Athletics Championship in Nigeria and the African Youth Championship in Algeria in July this year, respectively.

The Liberia Athletics Federation has written a former communication to the Youth and Sports Ministry appealing for US $ 4,730.

Liberian Sports Federations are faced with serious financial constraints which hindered their participation in many international competitions.

The more than 20 sporting federations in the country usually rely on government to get them to international competitions, as their accounts are empty always.

The Youth and Sports Ministry is yet to respond to the LAF, as the issue of money for sports remains critical for government.


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