Liberia Needs U.S.$ 150,000

Ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an official of the Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC) has asserted that Liberia needs not less than US$151,000.00 to be ensured of participation.

This year's Olympics games are scheduled to be held in August 2016.

Malcolm Joseph said the budget for the trip has been submitted to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and same was immediately sent to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.

He explained that why they are awaiting the Government for the funding, the LNOC has already borrowed money to start the process, which began with the purchasing of uniforms, shoes and towels as well as other sporting materials meant to be used by the Liberian Olympic teams.

Mr. Joseph, who is also Liberia's Chief of Mission to the Olympics, narrated that accreditation process of the Minister of Youth and Sports and his deputy, the President of the Liberia Football Association, the President of the LNOC, LNOC Secretary General and LNOC Press attache, and also representatives of the Liberia Athletics Federation are all in the process.

He said the accreditation for the athletes is expected to be done soon after accreditation for the officials are completed.

Mr. Joseph stated that for now, qualified athletes are all from the Liberia Athletics Federation, majority of whom are expected to come from the United States of America. Although the departure for the Olympic is not known, but Joseph said a 15 - member delegation will depart from Monrovia to Brazil.

After a stakeholders meeting held by the LNOC, Mr. Joseph told journalists that some athletes in America, who are completely sponsored by the local Olympics committee, are all qualified to fly the flag of Liberia in Brazil comes August 2016.

Liberia competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's eleventh appearance at the Olympics since its debut in 1956.

It can be recalled, four Liberian athletes represented Liberia in the 2012 London Olympics. However, it is expected that the very athletes would participate in the Rio Olympics.

Among the four athlete, American-born decathlete Jangy Addy only competed at his second consecutive Olympics. Sprinter Phobay Kutu-Akoi, a psychology graduate at the St. John's University in New York, was the nation's flag bearer at the opening of the London 2012 Olympics.

The Olympics Games is a major international multi-sport event that will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016.

Record numbers of countries and sets of medals are waiting in the games. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including from Kosovo and South Sudan for the first time, will take part in this sporting event.

With 306 sets of medals, the games will feature 28 Olympic sports including rugby and golf, which were added by the International Olympic Committee in 2009.

These sporting events will take place at 33 venues in the host city and additionally at 5 venues in the cities of SAPound o Paulo (Brazil's largest city), Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasilia (Brazil's capital), and Manaus. These will be the first Summer Olympic Games under the IOC presidency of Thomas Bach.

The host city of Rio de Janeiro was announced at the 121st IOC Session held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2 October 2009. The other finalists were Madrid, Spain; Chicago, United States; and Tokyo, Japan.

Rio will become the first South American city to host the Summer Olympics, the second city in Latin America to host the event after Mexico City in 1968, and the first since 2000 to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.

Source: All Africa