The leadership of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) has held a historic consultative meeting with House Speaker Alex Tyler. A SWAL release Tuesday said the meeting was held Monday at the Speaker’s office on Capitol Hill, with a focus on the growth and development of Liberian sports. During the meeting, SWAL’s President, Mr. Fombah Kanneh, appealed to Speaker Tyler to make the passage of the bill seeking the establishment of Liberia’s first ever sports academy a reality. The bill is sponsored by Margibi County District #2 Representative Ballah Zaza.
Mr. Kanneh believes the passage of the bill would brighten the future of Liberian athletes. Mr. Kanneh reminded Speaker Tyler of the economic boost sports has brought to the development of other countries around the world.
The SWAL boss said his institution was soliciting the support of other lawmakers to stand behind the bill.
He also called on Speaker Tyler to ensure an increment in the national budget for sports for fiscal year 2012-13.
At the same time, Mr. Kanneh has called for a rotational policy of the National County Sports Meet, where a county will bid for the right to host the event-something he believes would increase the scarcity of sports facilities in the country.
In response, House Speaker Tyler commended the leadership of SWAL for its decision to call for the meeting to speak on the plight of Liberian sports.
The SWAL release said the Liberian speaker gave his overwhelming backing to the proposed Liberian Sports Academy bill seeking the establishment of the country’s first ever sports academy.
Speaker Tyler believed the bill when enacted into law will help to strengthen the sports sector and bring unity amongst Liberians.
Speaker Tyler called on the leadership of SWAL to remain engaged with the house committee on sports for the passage of the bill.
On the issue of increment in the draft budget for sports, the speaker described the proposal of SWAL as important, but called on them (SWAL) to also work with the house committee on sports in ensuring that the matter is addressed.
He said the issue of allocation for counties participating in the National County Meet was critical and that the house would review the entire process.
Meanwhile, the leadership of SWAL has commended the House Co-Chairman on Youth and Sports Representative Solomon George for facilitating the meeting.