An executive committee member of the Liberia Basketball Federation or LBF, Isaac Cole, has attributed the country’s poor performance at international level to the lack of improved facilities and proper preparations.
Speaking to this paper in Monrovia recently, Cole said while other African countries are being exposed to modern facilities, Liberia is still using cement floor and open gymnasium .He stated further that the Sports Commission which is currently being use was leased by the Tolbert family to the LBF, adding that there is yet to be any of such state owned modern facility.
Explaining furthered, Cole said the Federation renews the lease agreement with the Tolbert’s family after every five years. He did not say how much the state pay after every five years to the Tolbert family.
But, he was quick to add that the Tolbert’s family many times refused to allow the Federation improves facilities at the Sports Commission.
He said there was the need for the Ministry of Youth and Sports to do all it can to complete the construction work at the Samuel K. Doe Basketball gymnasium at the complex.
“This will enable the country to have or use better facilities that would eventually make us have good representation at international tournament”, Cole noted.
He, however, commended the LBF for the manner in which the 2010 league is ongoing, adding “By all indication this season seems to be one of the very best ever in the history of the Liberia Basketball Federation”.
Meanwhile, the LBF defending champion NPA Pythons, LPRC-Oilers, Uhuru Kings and Mighty Barrolle among others have all secured their first wins.