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J.Mason Saweler
J.Mason Saweler

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Five persons have been cleared to contest the May 11, 2019 Liberia National Handball Leadership elections.

The five were qualified to contest the May 11 elections by the Ad-hoc Elections Committee set up recently by the Liberia National Olympics Committee.

All five will seek their respective positions without challengers.

The five are handball coach, Jonathan Kollie for the Presidency, handball coach Aratus Larkpor, for Vice President for Administration, referee Varney Kawah for the post of Vice President for Operations, Hadji Sesay another referee for the Secretary General post and ex-handball player Deborah Garlakpah for the Treasurer position.

The LNOC Handball Elections Committee has not said what qualified the individuals to contest the elections, as the handball statutes barred coaches and referees from contesting for elective positions.

The Handball Association President, Mason Saweler, recently in an interview with State Radio World of Sports Program threatened a lawsuit against the LNOC.

Mr. Saweler said the LNOC wants to undermine the local handball activities, by interfering into the association.

ELBC Sports has, meanwhile, learnt that lawyers representing the Handball Association leadership have begun putting papers together to halt the election process.

The Liberia National Handball Association, under Mason Saweler, has failed to establish clubs in the Country since its ordination in Liberia in 2014.

Since its birth, the Association has only managed to stage trainings and competitions amongst some high schools in Monrovia.

Some coaches and referees in past years have complained against the leadership of the sport for doing little to improve the game. On numerous occasions, they have written complaints to the Youth and Sports Ministry and the LNOC for interventions, but dialogues have always pushed these grievances aside.

Mason Saweler has always cried to government for funding to expand the activities of the sport in the Country, but he says funding is not just coming.

On February 24, 2018 a group of stakeholders calling themselves majority members of the Executive Committee of the National Handball Association (LNHA) announced the expulsion of Saweler for alleged   financial and procedural mismanagement.

But speaking to reporters in Monrovia at the time, Sawelar said even Liberia’s Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Andy Quamie also saw his explosion as “null void”.


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