The Ministry of Youth and Sports has released the grouping and preliminary fixtures of the 2013 National County Sports Meet, which kicks off on January 5, 2013 in Harper, Maryland County. All 15 counties of Liberia participating in five disciplines-football, kickball, basketball, volleyball and athletics-are placed in four regional groups for the first rounds, to be played at venues in Maryland, Nimba, Margibi and Grand Cape Mount Counties.
The first rounds of the football and kickball disciplines will be played from January 5 to 10th. According to the pairing, Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado, Bomi and Gbarpolu Counties are in Group I, and will play their games in Robertsports, Grand Cape Mount County.
Group II brings Margibi, Grand Bassa, Sinoe, and River Cess Counties together, and will be played in Kakata, Margibi County. Maryland, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Grand Kru Counties make up Group III, with Harper, Maryland County serving as their game venue, while Nimba, Bong and Lofa Counties, who are placed in Group IV, will come face to face in Sanniquellie, Nimba County.
The volleyball, basketball and track and field events will take place in Monrovia, alongside the quarter finals, semi finals and grand finals of the football and kickball games beginning January 14 to the 27th.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Youth and Sports will conduct three-day workshops on December 18, 20 and 21 2012 for county sports coordinators, designated referees, and statisticians respectively, in an effort to prepare them for adequate service delivery during the competition.
The National County Sports Meet, inaugurated in 1956, is an annual sporting festival organized and hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The event is primarily a platform intended to forge national unity and reconciliation.