It has been disclosed in Monrovia that Liberia has won the exclusive right to host the preliminary rounds of the Zone-3 edition of the Federation of International Basketball Association for African Youth Tournament, which is scheduled for July this year.
In an interview with the New Dawn Sports recently in Monrovia, the Secretary General of Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF), Mr. Fred Pratt, LBF has already gotten the blessing of the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the successful hosting of the competition.
Mr. Pratt disclosed that Liberia has meet all of the requirements set by FIBA Africa, stressing the tournament will kickoff this year July by all indications. According to him, sixteen countries across Africa are expected to participate in the tournament.
He named some of the participating countries as Angola, Senegal, South Africa, Burkina Faso, and Guinea among others.
Meanwhile, the LBF Chief Scribe added that LBF, the Ministry of Youth and others are doing everything to ensure that construction of the new basketball gymnasium at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia is completed before the tournament.
In a related development, the Federation of International Basketball Association for Africa or FIBA Africa has donated several basketball equipments to the Liberia Basketball Federation or LBF for the smooth running of its domestic league.
The equipments donated included a giant size electronic score board, two 24 second clocks and 500 basketballs. According to the Secretary General of the LBF, Mr. Fred Pratt, of the items donated, only the two 24 second clocks and 212 of the 500 basketballs have arrived in the country.
Mr. Pratt disclosed that the rest of the donated items would arrive in the country when the Ministry of Youth and Sports complete transportation formalities. He further disclosed that the donation was made at the Zone 3 Female and Youth Basketball Development Meeting held in Ivory Coast.
He said the Zone 3 Female and Youth Basketball Development Meeting ran from the 16 of March 2010 through 17.
Among other things, the LBF Chief Scribe added that the meeting focused on the involvement and integration of females in the activities and management of basketball across Africa.