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LIBERIAN DOMINATED FOOTBALL CLUB STANDS OUT AHEAD OF U.S. OPEN CUP

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The Lamar Hunt US Open Cup began in 1913-1914 and is the second oldest uninterrupted soccer tournament in the world. It is recognized as the U.S. Soccer National Club Championship. With an intense four-round match up, both amateur and professional US-based soccer teams travel across the country for a chance to win it all. Fifty-six teams will enter the qualifying first round, on May 9th and May 10th. The final match will take place on September 20, 2017.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW: EMMANUEL MATADI

 

It has been nine months since the 2016 Summer Olympic games.  Many Olympians have jumped right back into the groove of preparing for meets, including Liberia’s very own.  Since the beginning of 2017 Emmanuel Matadi has competed in four meets.

Matadi ran the 100 meter race in 9.96s (+3.0 wind) at the Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas at Myers Stadium on April 29, 2017.  This time ranks him at number six under Wind Assisted Marks on IAAF’s website. We wish him continued success!

Check out Matadi’s 200 meter race at the Grenada Invitational below.

 

 

A LOOK AT LIBERIA ON THE MEDAL PODIUM

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Few professional athletes are blessed enough to gain national support and sponsorship, allowing them to focus solely on the grueling competition process. Others have to muster up the time and money to train, travel, and compete.  Many Liberians find themselves in the latter group. In between full-time jobs, some Liberian athletes have the energy to not only train and compete, but also win. Their victories matched with the minimal support they often receive makes their medals even more impressive.

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LIBERIAN BASKETBALL: WHERE ARE THE BALLERS?

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Basketball in Liberia has been growing, since 1964.  Although Liberia has not made an Olympic appearance, the country has been to the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) African Championship.  This tournament is Africa’s premiere club competition, as FIBA hosts both national and club matches. In 1983, Liberia placed 9th out of 10 teams and in 2007 the team finished in 16th place.

A recent Facebook post has brought Lib Olympic Blog’s attention to the exhilarating sport in Liberia. Mr. Wes Smith, a member of the Ja’BELLEH Sports Mag Facebook group, recently posted some great Liberian basketball news.

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FIVE REASONS LIBERIA SHOULD HAVE THE ‘LIB’ OLYMPIC CODE

Liberians proudly shout “Team LIB,” year round. It’s the unofficial abbreviation for all things Liberian. In the past, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) assigned Lebanon the LIB country code. Why? Because of France. Between 1920 and 1943, the French held Lebanon under colonial rule and redefined the area. They stretched its borders into parts of Syria and renamed the country Le Liban.

From 1964 to 2016, Lebanon used the LIB code at the Olympics, but it looks as though that will soon change. The third and current abbreviation for the Lebanese Olympic Committee is LBN. That releases the LIB code. Why let a good code go to waste?

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Liberia Flag Map

We’re not sure how Olympic team coding works, but here are five reasons the IOC should exchange Liberia’s LBR code for LIB.

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FOOTBALL AND MUSIC: LIBERIA’S UNIQUE BLEND

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Before any match up/game, one will likely see athletes with headphones on.  Look a little closer and spectators can feel the passion from the intense look on the player’s face. Focused eyes stay ready to conquer the opponent. Athletes internalize the blaring sounds and release that energy on the field. Music has the tendency to do that. It affects moods, inspires ideas, gives senses of encouragement, but most of all brings people together.

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Liberia’s Results at the 2017 Cross Country World Championships

Eighteen year-old Lucy Massaquoi and sixteen year-old Andrew Kpehe represented Liberia at the 2017 World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday March 26. Massaquoi finished her 5858 meters in 27:41. This placed her 94th out of the 97 women under 20 years-old, who completed the race. Her time was 9 minutes and 7 seconds slower than the fastest runner, Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey.

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