Liberia: High School Track and Field Tournament Kicks Off Today

About 10 high schools in and around Monrovia are said to be in high spirit in rediness to participate in today national high school Athlethics Championship at the SKD sports complex in Paynessville.

The schools are Lott Carey, Ricks Institute, J.J Roberts, the Kingdom Foundation Institute, Kpallah Public School among others.

The games in various track and field events are set to kickoff today and climax tomorrow at the SKD Sports complex refurbished track facilities.

This year's edition of the national high school athletics championships under the financial sponsorship of the Youth and Sports Ministry is being technically organized by the Liberia Athletics Federation (LAF) with head-coach Frederick Massaquoi and ex-sprinter Kukolo Roberts at the center of the organizing.

To boost the technical build-up to the competition, the LAF dispatched highly-trained and experienced track and field coaches to all ten participating schools to ensure the athletes are adequately prepared to formidably compete.

The proceedings will get off to a start at around 8 O'clock in the morning at the SKD Sports complex.

Bassa High School is the defending Champion, but they have been denied a chance to defend their title, because of budgetary constraints.

Coach Frederick Massaquoi told Journalists, a massive cut in the budget to run the event this year has left his technical organizing committee with the alternative of shutting the door on the participation of students attending schools outside of Montserrado County.

16-year old high-jump rising star Kadmel Enders from the Kingdom Foundation Institute in Soul Clinic, Paynesville, who clinched Gold medal for Liberia at the ECOWAS games in Accra, Ghana, has told reporters he is upbeat and fully-prepared to upset opponents to live up to his high pedigree.

Highlight performances are also expected from World Youth Athletics sprinter Queenela Jackson who runs for the Ricks Institute and another 16-year old Lucy Massaquoi from the Lott Carey Mission School.

Lucy won Silver Medal for Liberia at the 84th International Boxing Day sports competition in Freetown, Sierra Leone last year. There, (Freetown) Lucy made big impressions in the women's 5,000 meter race, and the long-jump.

Special guests poised to grace the occasion are Youth and Sports Ministry officials, Liberia Athletics Federation, National Olympic Committee and stakeholders from the various Track and Field clubs in the Country (Liberia).

The competition was earlier scheduled to take place November 23-24 but was pushed to this weekend to make some technical adjustments.

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