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The New Dawn Liberia The New Dawn LiberiaThe Liberia Basketball Association has lifted the ban imposed on the game because of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

The ban was imposed on the association last August as part of measures to stop the spread of the Ebola virus disease here.

The President of the Liberia Basketball Association, Rufus Anderson, said, now that Ebola is being eradicated, it was necessary to lift the ban  to continue with the game.

He said the Ministry of Youth and Sports has granted permission for the resumption of LBA programs.

“All of the basketball house activities will be conducted in line with regulations from the Ministry of Health like washing of hands and taking of temperatures”, Mr. Anderson said.

He disclosed that the last LBA election that was called off in November last year as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease will now be held during Congress at the Sport Commission on Broad Street in Monrovia on January 28, 2015.

He also said the Congress will elect an electoral committee to be chaired by the Ministry of Sports and co-chaired by the Liberia National Olympic Committee with the Sports Writers Association of Liberia or SWAL, as member.

Application period for interested candidates ended here Tuesday, 20 January. Executive Committee Members and active club presidents in good financial standing with the LBA are eligible to vote or contest in the elections in keeping with Article 13, Section three of the association’s constitution.

Mr. Anderson said candidates vying for the presidency  are required to pay a fee of US$500, while candidates contesting for  the two vice presidential posts are to registered with the amount of  US$ 400, and  candidates for the Treasure and Financial Secretary positions will pay US$300, respectively, and those vying to become Chaplain, will pay US$200.

Candidates from 1st Division clubs such as Mighty Barrolle, LPRC Oilers, NPA Pythons, Barnersville Celtics and Timberwolves, among others are qualified to participate in the polls, including 2nd Division clubs: Georgia Blazers, Heats, DU-Runners, Supreme-Brothers, and Harbel Pointers, as well as female club presidents.

By Sally Gaye

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