COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Interim head coach Eldine Baptiste will oversee West Indies training for the first time today when the regional side undergoes their first practice session since arriving here Thursday.The 15-man squad will train at the Singalese Sports Club in the capital here as they begin final preparation for their two-Test series against Sri Lanka.Baptiste, a current West Indies selector, was a last-minute replacement for Phil Simmons, who was suspended for the tour following controversial comments last week that were critical of the selection process, regarding the one-day team for the Sri Lanka tour.The Antiguan Baptiste, who played 10 Tests and 43 one-day internationals, is a former Kenya coach.Despite Simmons’s late withdrawal, CMC Sports understands the Windies squad are in high spirits, especially coming off a productive training camp in Barbados last week.Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who missed that camp while on a two-match contract with Worcestershire in the English County Championship, has joined the squad here and is expected to bring freshness to the pace attack.The 27-year-old Gabriel played two games, taking nine wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the last game against Middlesex, which Worcestershire won by an innings and 128 runs.West Indies will face Sri Lanka President’s XI in a three-day tour match starting next Thursday before clashing with the hosts in the opening Test in Galle starting October 14.
The Liberia Volleyball Federation (LVF) said it would remain “adamant and unapologetic” to the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) because its membership suspension was unfair.President Cllr. Moifee Kanneh said the LVF had a free, fair and transparent election in 2010, which was supervised by the Ministry of Youth & Sports. He disagreed that the LNOC termed the exercise as political interference.The volleyball boss maintained that the LNOC’s decision was excessive and personal, and they would therefore not bow to re-election, merely to be readmitted to the LNOC.Cllr. Kanneh spoke to the Daily Observer over the weekend in an exclusive interview in reaction to the LNOC’s directive to the Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF) to have re-election in 90 days, because its recent election was not free, fair and transparent.The volleyball boss said they were unduly barred from all activities of the LNOC in 2010 which refused to observe its successful elections.Cllr. Kanneh said since the suspension the LVF has been carrying on its annual activities –national league, school programs and training.He stated that without the LNOC’s input, they have benefitted from international trainings and congresses.The LNOC is the local governing body that represents the International Olympics Committee and sponsors technical training for athletes and technicians to participate in Olympic Games. The LNOC was established in 1954.The President of the LNOC, Philipbert Browne said the recent basketball election has procedural errors.Recently, the LNOC said Liberia Handball Association’s provisional membership has been suspended owing to the lack of free, fair and transparent election, which handball officials have rejected.“The LNOC does not have the authority to suspend and compel associations to do their bidding,” a handball official told the Daily Observer. “We have our rules and constitution that govern our associations.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)