The first ever BHP Liberia Marathon organized by the Liberia Marathon Trust in conjunction with the Liberia Athletic Federation with the support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports was launched last Saturday at the Monrovia City Hall.
The ceremony was attended by Monrovia City Mayor, Mary Broh, Deputy Sports Minister Marpu Richards, as well as former and current national athletes and others. An August 28 national race is expected to feature runs from, in and out of Liberia, including participants from the rest of the country.
The inaugural BHP Billiton Liberia Marathon is scheduled for August 28, 2011 in Monrovia Liberia. And it’s more than just a 26- mile race to the finish line, with more than 1500 participants expected to part take for the $3000US Grand Prize.
The second national marathon will start from the SKD Sports complex in Paynesville, linking up with Somalia Drive by way of the SKD Boulevard. The participants will use the Somalia Drive to connect Freeport and Gabriel Tucker to enter central Monrovia and other principal streets.
“The Race is on. Let’s Finish Together” is the slogan for the event. The event will symbolic of Liberia’s steady, long distance progress towards the future which can only be fulfilled through Unity, perseverance, achievement, peace and inclusiveness. The event is not a fundraiser for charities; however, the organizers encourage individuals to “run for a cause” and seek sponsorship if so desired.
Swedish-Liberian Targets Lone Star
The Swedish league this season is seeing as the second league in Europe with the highest Liberians. Kasumo Mawana, a 19 year old Liberian left midfielder playing for the Swedish Junior National team has uttered his concentration to play for Liberia.
The player informed the New Dawn on Saturday that, he is yearning to cap for Liberia, and be a part of the rebuilding process the country. Mawana was in action for his Swedish side “Svedala Beauce FC” on Saturday, during which time he added his name to the score sheet with one of his club two goals that whipped Malmö City FC.
The club has played four games this season, and Saturday’s victory was a major turning point for the Swedish-Liberian international. This is the statement from the management of the club posted on their website on April-20-2011: “We welcome Kassoma Mawana welcome to Svedala IF. Kassoma is a talented player who previously represented Mjällby. His Last club address was Hyllie.
He has trained with us for a while and also played a training match against Kvarnby. Kassoma will add much with his speed and excellent technique. Welcome Kassoma!” his club wed site said. The young Liberian midfielder left Liberia in 1995 for Sweden, playing for
Mjällby FC in the Swedish 1st division before being signed on by FC Rosengård FC and later loaned on to Svedala Beauce FC. According to Mawana, he wants to play for the Liberia national team because it brings total joy to any player while playing for his mother country.
Two Pros For Dream Team-1
The Liberian basketball league is attracting more talents and challenging movements from clubs as they seek to land the title at the end of the season.
A 1st division basketball team “Dream Team 1” has imported a Nigerian international from Islander Basketball team in Nigeria. Speaking to the care taker coach of the club, Asaf Fadel described the arrival of Anderson from Nigeria as a major breakthrough for his side as a club attempts to win this season’s tile.
The international basketball players told the New Dawn last Saturday’s evening after his first game for Dream Team: “I am glad to be in Liberia, my present show that Liberian teams are getting somewhere now.”
Anderson was a member of the Islander Basketball team that finished as runners-up four times in the Nigerian league. He was also a member of the national junior basketball team a few years ago.
According to the care taker coach of Dream Team, another Nigerian international is expected in the country this week to partnership with his countryman and teammates to ensure the championship.