Attention sports fans, the time to show up and show out for the Liberia National Track Team has arrived.
This August, Liberia plans to head back to the African Senior Athletic Championship with an all star group. Historically, Liberia does well at the biennial meet, which showcases Africa’s top track and field athletes. Sprinter Emmanuel Matadi won the country a bronze medal at the Durban Games, in 2016. Former Olympians Raasin McIntosh and Sultan Tucker have also brought home medals for Liberia. In 2018, Liberia’s national track coach Sayon Cooper wants to keep the medal momentum going.
“Liberia will be represented with strong medal contenders. However, there is a need to raise funds for our team[‘s] travel to the 21st African Championships in [Asaba] Nigeria,” Cooper told LIB Olympic Blog.
To help raise $5000 US, the national team launched their own ‘Go Team LIB’ wristband fundraiser (not to be confused with LIB Olympic Blog’s). Fans can show their support with a $10 US or more donation and receive a blue wristband lined with tiny red track figures and the words ‘Go Team LIB.’
As she wraps up a record breaking season, Liberian Heptathlete Maya Neal has already been named to the Asaba 2018 Liberia track team. Coach Cooper made it clear that the team wants to return with medals. He will name the remaining team members as they meet qualifying standards.
“The road to Tokyo 2020 has begun.”