August 8, 2017 By Sahr Morris Jnr
Minister of Sports, Ahmed Khanou and the rest of the National Sports Council has on Monday August 7 bade farewell to 10 Sierra Leonean youngsters who would be heading for a-year-long training and education in Acrobatic sports.
The delighted Sports Minister, who thanked and referred to the Chinese as Sierra Leone’s closest friend in the world, advised the kids to make use of the opportunity and do Sierra Leone proud while in China.
He said: “It is important to train our athletes because a sport is not only for participation but focus on training people to be better citizens of tomorrow. This is part of the President vision for young people.”
According to Minister Khanou, the -year-long Acrobatic sports training for kids is one of the three sports program lined-up between both the sports ministry and the Chinese Embassy.
“We are looking forward to receiving the other package for both table tennis and volleyball,” Ahmed Khanou said.
Xiaokai Shen, the counsellor, Economic and Commercial Counsellor Office of the Embassy Republic of China in Sierra Leone, said they were pleased to give the Sierra Leone sports ministry such program, adding that it is part of the relationship between both Sierra Leone and China.
He advised the kids to hold the training with utmost seriousness, stating that while he was growing up he never had such opportunity.