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SLAJ demands gov’t attention to achieve more success

DECEMBER 11, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA), Dauda Sundufu Sowa, says his association can achieve more success on the international scene if only they can secure more financial, moral and other support from the government.

The SLAA scribe was reacting to the presidential accolade during the State Opening of the Third Session of the Fourth Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone on Friday December 5 in which their association was amongst the three best hailed by President Koroma.

Sowa said: “It is welcome news for us as it shows that the president and other people in the government recognize our outstanding performance and creativity.”

According to him, they can even do more or better with enough support from the government.

“We appreciate government’s support [to the association] all these years but more needs to be done towards supporting the association and the athletes,” he said. “We need our athletes to participate in more Games; by so doing, they can have better opportunities to compete against other big names, get the exposure the need and more importantly win more medals for the country.”

The SLAA scribe promised more laurels for the country and pleaded for support to help local athletes, especially the young ones, to attend various training camps if not in Europe but other African countries. This, he said, will help them improve their performance and put them on the same level with athletes in other countries.