Kandakai Awarded Olympic Scholarship

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the Olympic Solidarity has awarded a 7-week scholarship in “Tennis Science” to the Technical Director of Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF), Coach Alfred Kandakai.The scholarship was offered to Coach Kandakai owing to recommendation from the LTF and the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) as the only Level 2 International Tennis Federation (ITF) certified coach in the country.The specialized tennis training will be held at the Centro de Tenis Altur/Alvarino in Valencia, Spain from 7th September to 25th October.The training will provide him experience and knowledge to serve in other areas in the structures of the sport’s development.Olympic Solidarity will provide a return travel cost, boarding and lodging (meals and laundry only) and pocket money of US$100 per week.Some of the items, which will not be covered, are the scholarship holder’s personal sports equipment and extras such as telephone calls, amongst others.In an exclusive interview with Coach Kandakai yesterday, he disclosed that he would depart the country on Monday for La Cote d’Ivoire to obtain the visa and thereafter fly from the Abidjan to Spain.He expressed thanks and appreciation to the LTF and the LNOC for the recommendations and IOC for the scholarship.“I am happy to go and increase my knowledge and experience and come back to impact the lives of others,” Coach Kandakai said.He also thanked Mr. Stefana Eleno of the EU for the purchase of his ticket and Tani Hana of the Oceano Casino at the Mamba Point Hotel for U$1,000 for sponsoring his trip to La Cote d’Ivoire.Coach Kandakai, 41, has been with the LTF for over 18 years.Besides providing volunteer training to kids and the aged, he also has extra classes for interested individuals in and around the Monrovia.As a tennis coach and trainer, he nurtured his son, Saah Kandakai, who is currently in the USA – the top single male player for the Trenton High School.LNOC Secretary General Joseph F. Willie, said the LNOC has also applied for technical training for tennis and taekwondo coaches for 2016.“If the two applications are accepted, the total persons to benefit from the LNOC will be 16,” Mr. Willie said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund ready to fight Liverpool for Mario Gotze

first_img Mario Gotze is wanted by both his former manager and his former club Borussia Dortmund will fight Liverpool for the signature of Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze.The attacking midfielder is ready to leave the Allianz Arena this summer after failing to secure a spot in the first-team.Liverpool are very keen on the German and Jurgen Klopp has urged the club to tie up a deal before Euro 2016.But, according to Kicker, Dortmund are refusing to let up in the race for their former playmaker.A month ago the Bundesliga club had given up hope of signing the 23-year-old, but after selling Mats Hummels to Bayern Munich they now have money to burn.Gotze came through the academy at Dortmund and he is reportedly open to returning to the club. 1last_img read more


first_imgGardai are expected to interview more people in relation to a vicious assault on a young girl in Letterkenny on Friday night.The teenager was assaulted at the rear of the area of the Mr Chippie restaurant at the Port Roundabout.Two juvenile males arrested at the scene were yesterday released without charge. Although Gardai are remaining tight-lipped about the attack, sources have confirmed to Donegal Daily that there is a sexual nature to the incident.The incident happened at approximately 9.45pm when there was a lot of people in the area.A Garda source told us “The two juveniles who were detained have been released but we do intend to speak to other people about the incident.“This is a very sensitive matter and when an overall investigation is completed, a file on the matter will be compiled.” Garda forensic officers carried out a full investigation as the area of the alleged assault was cordoned off throughout Saturday.The source added that anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed anything to contact Letterkenny Gardai.“It was very busy at the time with bingo and also an underage disco on.“Even if people think they noticed something in passing then they should contact us. All these different conversations can help us to build a scene from the night and to what may have happened,” added the source.The girl was taken from the scene by ambulance and is receiving all necessary treatment. GARDAI TO INTERVIEW MORE PEOPLE AFTER ATTACK ON TEENAGE GIRL was last modified: February 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:assaultGardailetterkennyPort Roundaboutlast_img read more