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MYS Vows Tougher Measures During 2016/17 County Meet
By Stephen N. Sonpon
MONROVIA, September 13 (LINA) – The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) has said it will put in place tougher security measures for the 2016/2017 National County Sports Meet scheduled for December.
Making the disclosure on the Liberia Broadcasting System “Super Morning Show” Tuesday, Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Henry Younton said the measures are intended to deal with the act of pitch invasions by fans to express disenchantment during the tournament.
Younton made reference to the invasion of football pitches in Greenville, Sinoe County; Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Montserrado County during the last year’s county meet.
He disclosed that the Ministry is holding discussions with the Liberia Football Association (LFA) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) to ensure full implementation of the security measures.
Meanwhile, Younton has said all is now set for this year’s edition of the National County Sports Meet to officially kick off on December 3.
According to Younton, this year’s sports meet will be hosted in Maryland, Nimba, Cape Mount and Lofa Counties.
Maryland, which is in Group One, will host Grand Kru, River Gee and Grand Gedeh counties, while Nimba will host Sinoe, Montserrado and Rivercess counties in Group Two.
He added that Grand Cape County will host defending champions Grand Bassa as well as Bomi and Gbarpolu counties in Group Three, while Lofa will host Bong and Margibi counties in Group Four.
He noted that eight teams will qualify from the preliminary stages of the competition -- four of which will play in Montserrado, while the other four will play in Grand Bassa County.
The National County Meet, which is held once every year, brings together citizens from across the country to support their counties in a bid to promote peace, reconciliation and development.