Liberia’s Delegation Arrives in Abu Dhabi for 2019 Special Olympics

first_imgThree athletes of the Liberia Special Olympic delegation to Abu DhabiLiberia’s Special Olympic team has arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arabic Emirates for the 2019 Special Olympic World Games. The Special Olympic World Games is a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the tradition of the Special Olympics movement.According to a dispatch from Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Andy Quamie, who traveled with the delegation, following the team’s arrival in Abu Dhabi, athlete Hassatou Duah won second place in her preliminary qualification race on Tuesday, March 12, in the 200m race, while Ehiabom Assaf secured the first spot in his preliminary qualification race to boost the country’s record at its debut at the Special Olympic World Games.Meanwhile, Samuel Smith’s race has been delayed due some errors on his registration papers emanating from the organizers. The team arrived on Monday, March 11, ahead of the official kickoff slated for March 14-21, 2019.The delegation includes Ethiabom Assaf (age 18), Hassatous Duah (16) and Samuel Smith (17). Krubo Wolobah Kokulo and Nyemah Yogi Yuoh will serve as Coaches for the athletes, while Yei Dolo is the medic. Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Andy Quamie is serving as government’s representative and Celab Dunbar is serving as head the Liberian delegation.This year’s event will bring together about 7,500 athletes, 3,000 coaches and 20,000 volunteers from 190 countries. The Special Olympics is the world’s largest humanitarian sporting event and a global movement which focuses on the empowerment of People of Determination with intellectual disabilities through the power of sport.The event is under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, whose leadership and vision have been instrumental in bringing together public and private sector partners to be a part of this worthy cause, the organizers said.  The Crown Prince Court led the winning bid efforts with a mission to promote positive social change for people with intellectual disabilities and create a more inclusive society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kimanzi appointed Harambee Stars U23 coach

first_img0Shares0000Kimanzi returns to the national team set up for the first time since 2012 when he was axed as the Harambee Stars senior team coach on his second stint after a 1-0 loss to Togo in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9- Though on short-term, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has appointed Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi to head the national under-23 team’s technical bench for a friendly match against Uzbekistan on March 22.Kimanzi returns to the national team set up for the first time since 2012 when he was axed as the Harambee Stars senior team coach on his second stint after a 1-0 loss to Togo in an African Cup of Nations qualifier. “He (Kimanzi) will be in charge of the Under-23 team for this game only against Uzbekistan and we will review the position on whether to retain him on permanent after that game. He will be charged with constituting his own technical bench,” FKF CEO Robert Muthomi told Capital Sport.Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi issues out instructions during a training session at teh Goan Institute on January 30, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKimanzi, speaking to Capital Sport says he is delighted with the opportunity to work with the youngsters.“I am delighted of course with the recognition especially after the work we put up at Mathare United last year. It shows that alot can be achieved if we have faith in the youth and this is also a good project because it will increase the depth of the national team,” Kimanzi said.He has also added that he will be ready to step in when called upon even after the Uzbekistan match.“I am available of course if my services are needed at any other time after this because unlike club football the national team has games only once in a while,” the tactician offered.He also added that the team which will be selected as the friendly approaches will hugely hinge on the impending 2019 African Under-23 Championship Qualifiers which are scheduled to kick-off either by end of this year or early next year.The top three teams from the Under-23 Championship will qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.-Okumbi remains in charge-Harambee Stars first coach Stanley Okumbi looks on during a training session at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on June 7, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMeanwhile, Stanley Okumbi will remain in charge of the senior national team until the federation settles on a new coach, something that might happen before May.Okumbi will take charge of the team for the upcoming two friendly matches in Morocco.Kenya is scheduled to play against Comoros on March 24 in Marakech while a second friendly will be confirmed for the 27th after Gambia pulled out.Harambee Stars players line up for a group photo before their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final against Burundi on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We are just looking to finish signing the contracts then we will make it public who we are playing. Stanley will be in charge of these two games because we felt it would have been too early to have a new coach by now after Put’s (Paul) exit,” Muthomi said.According to the federation, more than 100 coaches have expressed interest and sent their portfolios to be considered for the job.-U23 squad-Meanwhile, Kimanzi who will be assisted by KCB head coach John Kamau has already drafted a squad for the friendly match.Full SquadGoalkeepersTimothy Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars), Job Ochieng (Mathare United)DefendersMike Kibwage (AFC Leopards), Joseph Okumu (Unattached), Benard Ochieng (Vihiga United), Bolton Owenga (Kariobangi Sharks), David Owino (Mathare United)MidfieldersTeddy Osok (Sofapaka), Sven Yidah (Kariobangi Sharks), Siraji Mohammed (Bandari), Chrispinus Onyango (KCB), Abdalla Ahmad Ahmed (Mathare United), Ibrahim Shambi (Ulinzi Stars), Amai Atariza (Bandari), Juma Henry (Kariobangi Sharks)ForwardsBrian Yator (KCB), Okoth Daniel Otieno (Sony Sugar), James Mazembe (Kariobangi Sharks), Jafari Owitti (AFC Leopards), Vincent Oburu (AFC Leopards), Pistone Mutamba (Wazito FC)0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Aussies taking the domestic road less travelled

first_imgAussies are rediscovering Australia in a ‘road trip’ style of discovery, with new figures showing caravanning and camping trips are on the rise.Despite a tough economic dollar slowing down domestic travel, Caravan RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA) research found that between 2008 and 2011 up to 14.7 percent more travellers took their vacations to the road with over 474,000 registered RV products throughout Australia. Of the Australian states, Western Australia held the highest combined caravan and campervan registration per 1,000 people to 29.8 per 1,000 followed by Tasmania and South Australia.  Citing better value in ‘on-the-road’ vacations, CRVA chief executive Stuart Lamont said people see if as the “most affordable holiday” with the bonus of lifestyle and health benefits.“It’s the freedom from daily routines that is so appealing about a caravan and camping holiday,” Mr Lamont explained. “Bonding with like-minded people over happy hour, swapping recipes and travel stories and making friends for life- these priceless experiences you have on the road are what matters most.”The company’s head added that Caravan and Camping holidays are also playing a role in maintaining domestic holidays and the number of Aussies exploring their homeland.“Caravanning and camping promotes Australians holidaying at home, and offers one of the best value holiday options in Australia today, in many cases supporting regional communities due to the locations of caravan holiday parks, and the nature of caravanning and camping,” he said. According to the company’s findings, up to seven million Australians have visited a caravan holiday park in the last two years with a further 9.3 planning a holiday in the Caravanning and Holiday Parks Industry over the coming two years. Source = e-Travel BlackboardL N.Jlast_img read more