Liberia Athletics Federation Cries For Money To Compete At ECOWAS U-20 Event
The Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) says it needs more than four thousand US dollar to participate in the upcoming ECOWAS U-20 Athletics Championship.
The ECOWAS U-20 Athletics Championship begins on June 20 and ends June 24 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 expense for the Liberian delegation, purchasing of tracksuits, other equipment, and per-diem.
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 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 lead to the country not participating in many international competitions.
The more than 20 sporting federations in the country usually relied on government to get them to international competitions, as the accounts of the local federations are always empty.
The Youth and Sports Ministry is yet to make a response to the LAF, as the issue of money for sports remains critical for government.