The Minister of Youth and Sports, Zoegar Wilson has presented international licenses to four Liberian Wrestling athletes from the International Wrestling Federation.
Eric Borkuah, Venecious Juah, Jarius Kollie and Augustine Flomo are the Liberian Wrestlers that have been licensed by the International Wrestling Federation for 2018.
The four athletes recently represented Liberia at the just ended African Wrestling Championship held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria where Liberia end-up in the semis, thus qualifying for the next competition in May of 2018.
Shortly after the presentation, the Liberian sports minister expressed his excitement for the achievements of the Liberia Wrestling Federation to participate in the African championship for the first time since its 20 years of existence and subsequently reached the semifinals .
Minister Wilson congratulated the wrestlers for taking the flag of Liberia to an unexpected level in their debut appearance at the continental wrestling competition, noting that the nation is proud of them.
He encouraged the newly international licensed Wrestlers to keep pressing on, as the sports ministry will do all to increase the national budget of sports in order to have all federations and associations in the country get their benefits.
At the recent tournament, the Lonestar nation fought in two categories, both the free style senior category and Greco Roman senior.
However, the former Mighty Barrolle goalkeeper revealed a plan to petition the legislature to impose sin tax on cigarette and alcohol beverages in order to raise money for the support of sports in the country.
A sin tax is an excise tax specifically imposed on certain goods deemed harmful to society, for example alcohol and tobacco and drugs among others.
Meanwhile, the president of the Liberia Wrestling Federation (LWF) George B. Gould commended the new Youth & Sports Minister for his motivational words bestowed on the sportspersons and the LWF in general.
He is certain that with the good plans of the new ministry, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for wrestlers and other federations in the country noting that his federation will give it all to work along with the ministry to achieve its goal in the pro poor government agenda.
Gould asserted that getting to Nigeria was difficult, but through the kind courtesy of Gilbert Moore, a Liberian philanthropist based in Canada, the four wrestlers were able to participate in the continent most renowned wrestling tournament.
The Canadian based Liberian had committed his support to the LWF to participate in the African Wrestling Championship and the 2020 summer Olympic Games.
The former Olympic athlete shipped wrestling shoes; tracksuits and singlet among others for Liberian wrestlers to enable them participate in the continental competition.
Gilbert Moore emphasize that his goal is to provide world class wrestling mat, gymnasium equipment and to get resources for Liberian wrestlers to attend international competitions to enable them fly the national colors of Liberia.
According to him, his dream is to engage young and talented Liberians who may otherwise be unemployed and give them something positive to work towards.