Concord Times (Freetown)

Sierra Leone: SLTA's Stern Warning to Players, Others

The executive board of the Sierra Leone Tennis Association (SLTA) has issued a strong warning to players and individuals within the Association who are engaged in illegal activities with international charity tennis organizations.

According to a press statement signed by the Association's secretary general, Yayah Koroma, they (executive) have noticed that certain individuals are impersonating members of the executive by dealing with international organizations and that they are also engaged in certain illegal activities.

"Some individuals within the SLTA (players and some other individuals outside tennis) are secretly engaging themselves in certain illegal activities by misrepresenting themselves to some so-called charity organizations based outside Sierra Leone as Coaches and members of the Executive, and taking photos of some kids which are used outside Sierra Leone to raise funds for self purposes," the release noted.

"Photos of these kids are taken to those so-called charity organizations and individuals by some people who falsely represent themselves as Coaches and Executive members. We want the public and those charity organizations to know that the SLTA has its Executive and is not in any way operating with any organization or individuals."

Koroma noted that any organization or individual who wishes to operate a tennis club or organization must contact them (SLTA) as the legitimate tennis body.

The SLTA scribe revealed that they are currently investigating the issue and will take the necessary action against any culprit.

It could be recalled that in May 2011, the SLTA suspended some charity organizations from operating in Sierra Leone because of misrepresentation until they meet the Association's conditions.

Few players were also suspended for violating the executive's warnings by involving themselves with the activities of those suspended organizations. However, there suspension was lifted after some time.

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