The ECOWAS U-20 Athletics Championship will start on June 20 and ends June 24 at the Gold Coast Stadium in Ghana. The Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) has launched the first edition of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) U-20 athletics championships, slated to take place at the Cape Coast Stadium from June 20-25.
Under the theme “Unity through sports,” the GAA is holding the event in partnership with Just Because Fitness.The 3-day competition which involves all 15 countries from the West African sub-region is geared towards the promotion of peace and regional integration amongst member states.The Games also provides a platform for interaction and exchange of ideas amongst the youth of the participating countries.
Meanwhile 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 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.
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 formal communication to the Youth and Sports Ministry appealing for US$4,730.00
Liberian Sports Federations are faced with serious financial constraints which lead to the country not participating in many international competitions.
This will be the second time Ghana is hosting an ECOWAS competition having last hosted the ECOWAS Games in 2012 which was won by Ghana with 37 medals, followed by Nigeria with 35 medals and Senegal with seven medals. Cape Coast 2018 will be a great opportunity for us as a nation to unite and display our rich cultural heritage to the world and to display the bond of peace that exists among West Africans.
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.
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.
source| Monrovia Times