The Ministry of Youth and Sports has lifted restrictions on participation of teams in the 2016 Intra-Governmental Tournament but still excluded volleyball.
The MYS has written 34 governmental institutions for the tournament to involve football and kickball.
It may be recalled that in the 2015 Intra-Governmental Tournament, the MYS radically reduced participating teams from 22 to eight in each discipline and dropped volleyball.
MYS said the eight public institutions which reached the quarterfinals in the 2014 Intra-Governmental Tournament in the football and kickball editions were automatically qualified to participate in the 2015 Special Intra-Governmental Tournament in celebration of the country’s victory over the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr. said in an exclusive interview yesterday via mobile phone that registration for the 2016 tournament runs from Tuesday – Friday, March 1 – 11.
He said the tourney will kick-off Wednesday, March 23, and will be the first of its kind to be played on three fields, including the Willis Knuckles Sports Stadium (formerly Alpha Field), the BYC’s Blue Field and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
Minister Yonton stated that the lack of facilities caused the exclusion of volleyball, while football and kickball are expected to be played at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
The multi-purpose SKD Sports Complex where most international games and national games are played is currently under renovation by the People’s Republic of China.
The Intra-Governmental League is a tournament that brings together all line ministries, agencies, public corporations and other branches of government together through various sporting disciplines.
Deputy Sports Minister Yonton said the low participation of governmental institutions in this year’s tournament is mainly owing to budget cut as well as the lack of sports facilities in the country.
“Each institution will pay the amount of US$500 as registration fees,” he said.
He said the MYS will seek sponsorship for the three-day tournament and has urged business institutions, like the Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Club Breweries, GSM and mineral water companies to take advantage to advertise their products.
In the 2015 Intra-Governmental Tourney, LBS lifted the football trophy.