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Govt to play leading role in Zone-3 Games

By Richard Manuba
LNOC  President, Philipbert Browne
LNOC President, Philipbert Browne

(mylbsonline.com/Liberia)-The Liberian Government is expected to play a leading role in hosting the 2013 West African Zone three regional Olympic Games.

The President of Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), Philipbert Browne, made the disclosure Tuesday, August 20, 2013 in Monrovia.

In June, 2013, Mr. Browne won a seat for Liberia on the Executive Committee of the governing body of the Association of National Olympic committees of Africa (ANOCA).

In his first interview with mylbsonline.com, the LNOC President expressed joy for Liberia’s ascendancy at such high level, but quickly said: “Staging the Zone-3 games in Monrovia will need government’s huge involvement.”

“We have not really met to begin laying out a clear roadmap for the date the zone-3 games will kick-off in Monrovia. From our executive meeting coming up soon, we will get to know how to proceed,” he noted.

The LNOC President added: “Like FIFA and CAF do in augmenting the local organizing committee of Countries named to host the World Cup and the African Nations Cup, ANOCA will give big support to Liberia’s pending budget.”

“The Liberian Government, through the Youth and Sports Ministry, has an enormous role to play here. The Zone-3 games are like the All-African games.”

It is not owned by the LNOC [National Olympic Committee] so, the government will have to do more in ensuring the success of the games,” Mr. Brown also said.

Countries poised to compete in the up-coming Zone-3 games in Monrovia include Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Mali, Guinea, Togo, Ivory Coast and host Liberia.

Liberia’s NOC boss further explained: “The involvement of the government will be channeled through high level participation and engagement by the Ministers of Youth and Sports, and Foreign Affairs.”

He said: “The Youth and Sports Minister will be the contact point for all of his Zone-3 counterparts regarding the successful organizing of the Mini-Olympics.”

“Similar role will be played by the Foreign Minister who would be responsible to communicate with and inform the various heads of state and governments, Mr. Brown also added.

“That will, to a large extent, position us to stage the games sometime this year.”

Liberia currently chairs Zone-3, having won the position at the ANOCA congress in June, 2013 in Abidjan, La Cote d’Ivoire. 

 


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