The Ministry of Youth and Sports has released the fixtures for the 2012/2013 edition of the National County Sports meet which is expected to kick-off in Harper, Maryland County on Saturday, January 5, 2012.
All 15 counties of Liberia participating in the 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.
According to the pairing, Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado, Bomi and Gbapolu Counties are in Group I. Games in this group will be played in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County.
Defending champions Margibi County is placed in group II along with Grand Bassa, Sinoe and Rivercess Counties. Games in this group will be played in Kakata, Margibi County.
Group III brings Maryland, Grand Kru, Grand Gedeh and Rivergee Counties to meet in Harper as their game venue, while 2011 runner-up Nimba, Bong and Lofa come face to face in Sanniquellie, Nimba County in group IV.
The volleyball, basketball and track and field events will take place in Monrovia, alongside the quarterfinals, semifinals and grand finals of the football and kickball games, beginning January 14-27, 2012.
In a related development the Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced that it will conduct a three-day workshop which will end Wednesday. The workshop is intended for county sports coordinators, designated referees, and statisticians as a way of preparing them for 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.