Monrovia - A two-day Inter-Schools Championship in Liberia begins March 22, at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex and will end on Friday, March 23.
A total of 816 students - 408 males and 408 females - from 34 senior and junior high schools in and around Monrovia are expected to participate in male and female editions of the Inter-Schools Championship.
The schools include African Dream Academy, Brighter Future Academy, Isaac A. David Sr. Memorial School, Paynesville SSA High School, Effort Baptist Church School, Kula Memorial School, Kingdom Foundation Institute, Jimmy Jolocon High School, Patrick Jallah High School and St. Kizito Catholic School amongst others.
The co-chairman of the 2018 organizing committee of the Inter-Schools Championship, Samuel Cooper told journalists 18 out of the 34 schools have confirmed their participation and will provide four athletes to form a team representing their respective institutions.
Coach Cooper said by March 22, the LAF is confident all 34 high schools would confirm their participation.
The Head Coach of the LAF said on Thursday – the first day of the Championship - athletes will do the Heats of 10 events and will do the finals on Friday.
The events are 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m. Others include 100 x 4 Relay, 4 x 400 Relay, Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Put.
He said the first three winners will be given trophies and medals.
“The championship is intended to select the best track and field schools and select potential athletes to join the already Lone Star Track and Field Teams in the ECOWAS Junior Championship in Cape Coast, Ghana, the African Youth Championship in Algeria and the World Youth Olympic Games,” Cooper said.
Mulbah Zaza, President of the LAF, told journalists that representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) are to attend the competition.
“We have written the Ministry of Youth for support in the tune of over US$2,500 and we wish to get a needed support for the success of the Championship,” Mr. Zaza added.