The Secretary General of the National Lawn Tennis Association Yayah Koroma has stated that their one year in office has been a success even though it was not an easy task but the Executive was able to achieve their aims and objectives.
Yayah said that since they took over office on December 5, 2009 their relationship with the International Tennis Federation (ITF) was not on a good footing. He said the ITF had marked an ‘X’ on Sierra Leone so as an Executive who are determined to push the association forward they decided to renew their relationship with the International Body.
Yayah also stated that after renewing their relationship with the ITF they informed them that before they can benefit anything from them they need to have a five year plan and they immediately started on it. The plans were completed and sent to ITF and they have been approved.
He also said that is why they are now benefiting from ITF with Tennis equipment,
Yayah stated that after the five year plan they went further to ask ITF for playing facilities and ITF plans to construct about 10 Lawn Tennis Courts in the country.
In April this year ITF will send the Central and Western Africa Development Officer to Sierra Leone to assess the facilities before the Court will be constructed.
Yayah started that apart from the playing facilities the Lawn Tennis coaches are also going to benefit from coaching courses that will be organized by ITF and it will be level two courses in April this year.
Yayah stated they can now boost Lawn Tennis all over the country and the last trial to select players for the youth competition was played in Bo town.
In another development the three days course for Sports Journalists on Lawn Tennis reporting is expected to end today Wednesday February 16, 2011 at the National Stadium in Freetown.
The brain behind the course is former Sierra Leone international Lawn tennis player Samuel P. Jalloh who is also the founder of Max and Sam Foundation.
He said the association thought it fit to organize such a course for the Sports Journalists who have done a lot to promote not only Lawn Tennis but other sporting disciplines in the country.
Samuel Jalloh said the course is just the beginning as they plan to organize others throughout the year.
Samuel stated that he was satisfied with the turnout of the Sports Journalists and their performances during the course. He went further to appeal to the journalists that as they are reporting sports they need to know the rules and regulations governing these sporting disciplines which will be an added advantage to them.