President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Launches Peace Tournament in Monrovia

Friday, 2nd March 2007
Liberian youth at the opening ceremonies of the peace tournament in Monrovia.
Liberian youth at the opening ceremonies of the peace tournament in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described sports as a unifying force, capable of suspending a state of violence and providing hope for a people.

The President also noted that sports can also be a key element of the essence of human value which teaches rules and regulations that provide social dignity as well as physical well being.

The Liberian leader made the remarks on Friday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia, at a program marking the launch of a five-week tournament for peace. The program was organized by the United Nations Mission in Liberia in collaboration with the International Olympics Committee. The tournament will include football, volleyball, and kickball.

Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the handicapped for qualifying in Sierra Leone recently for the second round of the Handicapped Tournament to be held in Switzerland soon. The President urged the handicapped to see themselves as part of the society and rise above their disability, despite the constraints.   The President commended the organizers for ensuring Liberiaís participation in the tournament, which she observed would enhance national unity.

Personalities who graced the occasion included UN Secretary-generalís Special Representative, Alan Doss, the Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace, and also former president of Switzerland, Adolf Ogi; Minister of Education, Dr. Joseph Korto; Minister of Youth and Sport, Jamesetta Wolokollie, members of the Superintendentsí Council of Liberia and several Government officials.