By Ransford Maclean
Some Athletics coaches in the Western Area of Freetown have said it is a timely move by the executive of the Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA) to engage them on how to get on to their athletes being that they are the ones that are directly affected due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
These Athletics club coaches also highlighted that though Sierra Leone failed to compete on several tournaments because of the COVID-19 they had no option but to abide by the directives of the Sports Ministry.
The interface with Athletics coaches by the Sierra Leone Athletics Association was geared towards informing the coaches on how they should engage with athletes on the COVID-19 fight in the country. According to the President of the Sierra Leone Athletics Association Abdul Karim Sesay, this is a trying time for athletics coaches and athletes and they know that things are difficult for them at this moment but there is need to support them.
Sesay also said that they only want athletes to be engaged by coaches so that the right messages will be passed on. Sesay further told the coaches what to do as they ensure that athletes train individually.
Meanwhile, amongst the coaches was Fatmata Kamara from Camp Canada Athletics Club. She said it has been challenging for them because most athletes can’t go through their training on schedule.
Various partners were part of the deliberations including National Olympic Committee, National Sports Authority and a member of the Sierra Leone Cricket Association. They respectively commended President Abdul Karim Sesay for leading the executive on their strides to discuss athletics with coaches while fighting COVID-19.