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An Open Letter to the Liberian National Olympic Committee

Dear Liberian National Olympic Committee,

Let’s discuss one of my favorite seasons — the Olympics. This festive event combines the cheerfulness of Christmas with the anticipation of a Leap Year. Who doesn’t love it? It’s the one time that countries can put on a united front, regardless of internal conflicts. We can applaud and celebrate the best athletes that we have to offer. After all, just qualifying to compete in an Olympic event is an amazing achievement. Watching our lone star and solid stripes march under the flames of the Olympic torch symbolizes our worth. It means that we are good enough. We are strong enough. Despite all of our inadequacies, we can run with the best of them.

When I heard that Liberia would compete in a sport other than Track and Field, at the 2012 Olympic Games, I was ecstatic. Liberia has talented runners, but a Liberian Judo fighter signified Liberia’s progress. It meant that we were developing other passions and skills among Liberian youths. It meant that my dreams of transforming Snake Babies into Olympic Gymnasts and Kru Fishermen into Olympic Rowers could actually happen. But I might have jumped the gun because the young fighter chosen to represent Liberia— Levi Saryee — was nothing more than a martial con artist.

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THE ROAD TO RIO: 2016 Rio De Janeiro Summer Olympics

For the pass 2 weeks, we’ve tirelessly watched our Liberian athletes represent Liberia in fierce competition. What might have taken us seconds or days to watch,has taken these athletes YEARS to prepare for. The road to the next Olympic Game starts HERE. The next four years will consist of practicing, training, competing, and qualifying; all in an effort to represent our Dear Liberia in 2016 and possibly bring her a medal. The journey to Rio begins NOW. May the 2012 Liberian Olympic Team inspire other Liberian athletes to begin their quest for the GOLD. May these future athletes receive support from family, friends, the Liberian government, businesses and fellow Liberians around the world. This is by no means an easy journey, but it is one that is possible (as these Olympians and the ones before them have proven). Congratulations 2012 Liberian Olympic Team on a job well done; best wishes to those beginning their journey to RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.

FINAL RESULTS: Jangy Addy (Decathlon) Day 2

The final day of the 2012 London Olympic Decathlon is here; and the RESULTS ARE IN. Liberia finished 23 out of 32 competitors with a total of 7586 points. Addy gave a great performance, ranking high in the track events; and succesfully completing all TEN events. His efforts at this year’s Olympic Games are applauded, along with the efforts of each athlete who represented Liberia. This concludes Liberia’s athletic participation in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Thank you to the 2012 Liberian Olympic Team and all of the coaches/supporters who made the team possible. Specific results for Decathlon Day 2 are below. You can continue to visit the site for more tweets, exclusives, and possible interviews. Feel free to leave a comment to congratulate  ALL of the athletes; and  return for the final medal count and to view pics from the closing ceremony.

UPDATE: Saryee Does Not Compete

The Judo match scheduled to take place this morning at 10:12a between Liberia’s Saryee and Morocco’s Attaf was a “NO GO.” The reasoning behind the cancellation has not been disclosed; However the site will be updated with the information as soon as it becomes available.

This new development means that the first athlete scheduled to represent Liberia at the 2012 Summer Games is, Liberia’s flag bearer, Phobay Kutu-Akoi. Phobay and Liberia’s remaining athletes are now preparing for the largest event of the London Olympics, the athletics competition. Most spectators refer to this competition as Track & Field. Liberia has Four incredible athletes competing in various track events; make sure to visit their pages for competition schedules and results.

JUDO UPDATE: LIBERIA vs.MOROCCO (Round1)

Liberia’s Levi Saryee will be competing against Morocco’s Safouane Attaf at 10:12 am BST. The winner of this round will be one step closer to, the Olympic Dream, a medal.

The advanced champion will then compete against the winner of the Brazil versus Latvia match. Liberia was one of seventeen countries that received an invitation to compete in the 2012 London Olympic’s Judo Competition. below is a list of how these two athletes matchup.

As the countdown begins until Liberia’s FIRST competition in the 2012 London Olympic games, let’s send support and well wishes to Levi Saryee. Leave your comments below and follow the site for more updates on Saryee and the rest of the 2012 Liberian Olympic Team.

Liberia’s FIRST UP: Levi Saryee

Liberia’s first athlete to take the 2012 Olympic stage is Levi Saryee. Saryee will be competing in the 81kg JUDO Match on Tuesday July 31. The event will begin at 9:30a BST and will continue throughout the day concluding at 4:20p BST.  You can view updated results and images on Saryee’s athletic page as we receive new information.Best wishes to Saryee as he represents Liberia in the JUDO match.

The Liberia Judo Federation is a member of the African Judo Union, which sits under the umbrella of the International Judo Federation. These organizations officiate all official events related to JUDO and maintain the standards and rules of the sport. Click here for more information regarding these groups.

PHOBAY KUTU-AKOI BEARS LIBERIAN FLAG IN OPENING

100m Sprinter Phobay Kutu-Akoi leads the 2012 Liberian Summer Olympic Team into London’s Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony. She is joined by four of her teammates (left-right: Kou Luogon, Raasin Mcintosh, Levi Saryee, Jangy Addy) and Liberian officials.

The first Olympic event that Liberia will be participating in is the JUDO competition. We will be following Mr. Levi Saryee as he represents Liberia in the JUDO match.