Sierra Leone is indebted to the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) the whopping sum of three hundred, thirty-six thousand one hundred and ninety-nine dollars ($336,199) spanning from the financial year 1979 to date.
It has been revealed that the indebtedness was the major cause why Sierra Leone did not participate in the All Africa Games in Algeria in 2008.
Now the government through the National Sports Council has been urged to make good their financial obligations before the 2011 Maputo Games or else athletes would not be allowed to participate in the games.
The breakdown of the debt reads thus:
Financial year 1979/80 and 1988/89 amount to US $ 82,259
Financial year 1989/90 and 1990/91 amount to US$ 10,436
Financial year 1991/92 and 1992/93 amount to US$13,528
Financial year 1993/94 and 1994/95 amount to US$ 20,292
Financial year 1995/96 and 1996/97 amount to US$ 27, 056
Financial year 1997/98 and 1998/99 amount to US$27,056
Financial year 1999/00 and 2000/01 amount to US$27,056
Financial year 2001/02 and 2002/03 amount to US$27.056
Financial year 2003/04 and 2004/05 amount to US$27.056
Financial year 2005/06 and July to December 2006 amount to US$ 20,292
Financial year 2007/2008 amount to US$ 27,056
Financial year 2009 amount to US$ 13, 528
Financial year 2010 amount to US$ 13, 528
According to the SCSA Scribe, Sonstone Y. Kashiba urged the government to settle these dues to the Standard Chartered Bank account in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Most sports administrators are of the opinion that the National Sports Council lagged woefully behind to meet its obligations to the SCSA and this had demonstrated why this country had not been benefiting in any sports development over the decades.