Liberia Athlete Kpehe off to showcase his talent In the 5th Africa Cross Country Championship.
Liberia’s 5,000m runner Andrew Kpehe has departed the country to participate in the 5th Africa Cross Country Championships in Chlef, Algeria on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
The one-man Liberian team is expected in Algiers on Friday ahead of the meeting to be held in the city of Chlef on Saturday.
On Thursday, March 15, the 18-year-old Liberian racer flew on Air Morac and landed in Morocco and later flied out to reach Algeria to join over 50 countries including the Gambia, Morocco, Comoros Island, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and host Algeria, amongst others.
The Liberia Athletics Federation said the cost of the team trip that is in the tune of USD$2275 was undertaken by the LAF, which include round-trip’s plane ticket, per diem, track suits and running outfits.
“We don’t have any subsidies in the national budget and we have not received anything from the government to support our national programs and athletes for the past eight years,” Frederick Krah, vice president for Technical Affairs of the LAF said.
“We hope in the recast 2017/2018 budget the LAF will be given a quick-impact subsidy to boost her athletes programs including the National High School Athletics Championship, Kids Athletics amongst other.”
“We also hope that in the 2018/2019 pro-poor budget, the LAF will be included.” Krah added.
The LAF is considered the mother sports of all of the sporting disciplines in Liberia as well as the Liberian oldest sports, dating back in the early 1900s.
It can be recalled on Sunday, March 26, 2017, Liberia’s two teenage athletes participated at the Cross Country Championship in Kampala Uganda and they both performed satisfactorily.
18-year-old Lucy Massaquoi and 17-year Andrew Kpehe finished 93 and 96 among over 700 athletes from Africa, South America Asia and other parts of the world.
Lucy the 2011 Liberia female Marathon winner ran the 500 Kilometer Junior race and finished 93 with a time of twenty Seven Minutes forty one seconds (27:41) while Andrew dislocated his arm during the Cleaning of the barrel of the lap as he fall on his arm in serious pains.
The 17 years old Liberian track and field athlete was only able to clock a time of thirty minutes fourteen seconds (30:14) and ended the 800 Kilometer Junior race 96.
In another development at least 30 track and field coaches from the communities, schools and clubs of the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) are expected to benefit from a re-model’s day-long clinical for the first time in three years.
The LAF said the Technical Clinical and Anti-Doping Training will be held on Saturday, March 17 at the headquarters of the Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC) on Randall Street, Monrovia.
The chairman of the LAF’s Technical Committee, Frederick Massaquoi said the clinical will cover three topics: Injury and Prevention; Anti-doping and the Dream Coach and Dream Athletes.
The IAAF Level 1 coach will teach ‘The Dream coach and Athletes Dream,’ while Winston Cole will lecture on ‘Injury and Prevention’ and the Chairman on the LAF Medical Committee, Emmanuel Argu will speak on ‘Anti-Doping. A release from the LAF said.
Coach Fredrick Massaquoi – the prospective Certified IAAF Level 1 lecturer said the training will help further develop his coaching knowledge. He indicated that they will learn basic training and techniques for all common track and field events in order to help a coach fulfilled both he and the players’ dream. He said also during the training coaches will learn that they may have a significant role in an athlete’s decision to use, or not to use, performance enhancing substances and would assess coaches’ awareness of doping practices, coaches’ knowledge of anti-doping control systems (random testing, out of competition testing, the biological passport and the athlete whereabouts system) and coaches’ involvement with anti-doping education for their athletes and many others.
Coach Massaquoi stressed that coaches will be provided preventive measures for their athletes.
“We will develop a professional development plan to ensure that knowledge remains accurate and current and as well may be required at least twice a year, if we get the needed support,”he added.
Coach Massaquoi said.
Over the years, the LAF, has seven registered clubs, and has established racing teams in communities and schools across the country. The LAF also has 6 national teams and individual athletes which have participated in international events and earned gold, bronze and silver medals.