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Day one of a first ever CAF Anti-doping workshop on the African continent to promote awareness on Anti-doping ended today in Monrovia with more than 60 local participants from Clubs, Medics and Players’ Representatives.

Dr. Zakia Bartegi of Tunisia, Sherif Abou El Enein of Egypt, Senior Manager of CAF Anti-doping and Liberia’s National Team Medical Manager Dr. Clarence Yaskey served as facilitators.

Providing an overview of the program, Dr. Clarence Yaskey encouraged participants to look ahead positively to what he called, "two productive days" of discussing Anti-doping.

Lone Star Medical Manager described the event as a "journey" and appreciated CAF for adhering to their plea when it was approached in Algeria about a first anti-doping awareness training in Liberia.

"Liberia is the first country that approached CAF of an anti-doping awareness training following the initial conversation in Algeria and the discussion was consummated by President Raji.

"Today you guys are enjoying history and you should take full advantage.

‘’…this is a journey because we must provide education, we must provide awareness, and we must provide sensitization to the use of drugs in sports,’’ Dr. Yaskey pleaded with participants.

Officially declaring the workshop open, LFA President Mustapha Raji described the training as an opportunity and expressed thanks and admiration for CAF president Dr. Patrice Motsepe.

"It’s an opportunity again for member association to benefit from these technical programs and we must say big thank you to CAF President Dr. Patrice Motsepe," Raji said.

The LFA President used the occasion to pay tributes and expressed gratitude to the fallen LFA Technical Director, Henry Browne whom he said was the architect behind all those technical developments in Liberia football.

"It’s historic but unfortunate and saddened that we lost our Technical Director who contributed to the bulk of these programs, may his soul rest in peace, Henry Browne.

‘’We conducted the first Sports Medics course last year…then followed it up with the Anti-doping workshop…today CAF has supported a first B Diploma Course and we’re on the second course, a dream of Henry Browne, the late.

In a brief remark, Dr. Zakia Bartegi like her fellow facilitator, paid tributes to the fallen LFA Technical Director following his death exactly a week on today.

Speaking through a French interpreter, Dr. Bartegi made this passionate appeal, "We paged this seminar in the memory of Henry Browne and today we are having it and he’s not here and so we asked President Raji to endorse it for us and pray that the Almighty forgive his [Henry Browne] sins."

Day two of the program is on tomorrow after wish all participants will be certificated.

lfaadmin

Jul 20,2023

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