Despite Of Financial Setback, Liberians At Rio 2016 Are Very Optimistic

Liberians at Rio 2016 proudly fly country's flag high
Liberians at Rio 2016 proudly fly country’s flag high

Despite of their country’s financial status to sponsor them to the Rio 2016 Olympics, the team at the games is reportedly doing its best to bring pride to their beloved Country, Liberia; flying the colors of their Country high.

Liberians proudly displayed their national color at Rio 2016
Liberians proudly displayed their national color at Rio 2016

Already two of this country’s athletes, Emmanuel  Matadi andMarian Kromah who reportedly footed their own bills to the games after the Liberian government alleged refusal to sponsor the team are making headway in the games.

According to report Matadi is set to represent Liberia in Men’s 100m while Kromah will run in the Women’s 400 meters track and field race.

Another scene from Rio 2016
Another scene from Rio 2016

Chief of Mission of Liberia to Rio 2016, Dr. Malcom Joseph revealed that the government of Liberia did not provide a dime for the games.

Although Liberian Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Henry Yonton claim that the government does not have enough money to spend due to the impact of Ebola outbreak in 2015, Joseph revealed that the money has been spent on other irrelevant things.

“Ironically, this is a government who provided money to a private football club owned by the President’s son,” Joseph Okayafrica in a phone interview from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“They used government money to support BYC (Barrack Young Controllers) to play an international match in Tunisia but they can’t support an international team for the biggest sporting event in the world.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.