The All Universities Games organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports will officially kick-off on Friday, March 8, at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, the ministry has disclosed.
The aim of the sports jamboree, according to the Youth and Sports Ministry, is to promote academic excellence through sports and prepare Liberia’s tertiary institutions for the ensuing continental All Universities Games.
A release quoting Deputy Minister for Sports, G. Andy Quamie, disclosed that the two-week event is expected to feature the various institutions in three disciplines, including football (male and female), basketball (male and female) and athletics (100m to 1,500m, Long Jump and Javelin).
An open draw will be conducted on Friday, March 1, to pair the different universities into groups and fixtures.
Universities that are expected to participate in the sports jamboree will include the University of Liberia, African Methodist Zion University (AMEZU), Starz College, Smythe Institute, Blue Crest University, Harbel College, and the Barshell University.
Others are Tubman University, United Methodist University, Stella Marries Polytechnic, Cuttington University, Adventist University and African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU).
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the All Universities Games, Kesselee Kanneh said the champion of this year’s event will be decorated and featured in the next International All Universities Games.
Mr. Kanneh called on businesses and corporations to help support the event to bolster their businesses to young people who are the majority of the country’s population.
In another development, the ministry said the Private Corporation League will officially commence on Wednesday, March 27, with an open draw expected to be held on Friday, March 22, at the SKD Sports Complex.
The Private Corporation League will feature various institutions in the private sector for the first time since the civil war to celebrate their contributions to the wellbeing of the state and the country’s economy.
The event will be celebrated under the theme, “Supporting Life through Sports.”