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

‘He can become the best we’ve ever seen in this country!’ – Joey Barton on Ross Barkley

first_imgFormer England midfielder Joey Barton believes Everton youngster Ross Barkley could develop into ‘the best we’ve ever had in this country.’Barkley’s reputation has risen since a breakthrough 2013/2014 season and has started this campaign well with two goals in his first three games.The 21-year-old was criticised for an inconsistent season last term where his progress arguably plateaued, but Barton, a boyhood Everton fan, feels the midfielder has the potential to get to the very top.“I think he could go on to become the best we’ve ever had in this country,” Barton told Drivetime.“I think he’s a phenomenal player having played against him as well. I think he’s got everything – he just needs a little bit of time to settle.Barkley has assumed a multitude of positions already in his fledgling career, but Barton feels his best role may be as a number 10.When asked where he thinks Barkley can excel, the 32-year-old said: “Probably as a number 10. I think he’s that good he can play anywhere though.“He can use his left foot, right foot and he’s six foot two. If handled with care he could be the best player to ever come from these isles.” 1 Ross Barkley last_img read more