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”Handball not getting much Financial Support from Ministry”-Dr Coker

The President re-elected for the Sierra Leone Handball Association, Dr Patrick Coker says that his association is not getting much financial support from the Sports Ministry as expected.
He made this statement, during his Presidential report before the election.
However, he said, the moral support, encouragement, and uses of facilities have given us the spirit to pursue our goals.
He stated that the Sierra Leone Handball Association has benefited mainly from support of the International Handball Federation, National Olympic Committee SLE and Aureol Insurance Company.
Other Institutions that have assisted include Freetown City Council, Sierra Leone Bottling Company, Commodity Trading Company, Skye Bank and for the Masiaka Schools competition, Capital Discount House ,Home Finance Company, National Social Security and Insurance Trust.
While thanking them, Dr Coker went further to recognize and express gratitude to all those individuals who have also sacrificed their time and money for the success of the Sierra Leone Handball Association.
He stated that, having a proper playing ground has been one of their biggest problems actually acquiring a plot as well as funding the Sierra Leone Handball Association has over the years, gone to lengths with no success, until 2012 when they received a donation of flooring materials from the IHF, as well as a firm promise from the German Embassy to fund the construction of a Handball Court.
He also revealed that part of the National Stadium already identified is about to be allocated to the association and the German Embassy has already presented a Le30 Million Cheque for the start of the project, while it is hoped that with a proper playing field and meeting venue, a better and cordial relationship will see an improved family of the Sierra Leone Handball Association.
Dr. Patrick Coker stated that Sierra Leone Handball Association participated in a few International Competitions including the 1st Commonwealth Handball West African Championship for men in Kaduna, Nigeria in 2008 and since 2009, the I.H.F African Challenge Trophy, to which male and female Sierra Leone teams have taken part.

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