Civil Service Week Sports Tournament implements verification checks to prevent use of unqualified players
To prevent the use of unqualified players in the Inter-Ministerial Sports tournament during the Civil Service Week Celebration this year, organizers have implemented various verification checks.
These checks include the screening of staff identification cards and facial verification, which were introduced following allegations that foreign players who were not members of the civil service participated in last year's event.
The Head of the Civil Service of Ghana, Nana Kwasi Agyekum-Dwamena at the launch of the tournament yesterday at the Accra Stadium assured participants that the measures put in place would expose the inclusion of foreign players and protect the competition's integrity.
"It is our tournament; we must protect it as such devoid of foreign influx. I wish all the participating teams a magnificent football performance, high sportsmanship full of joy and excitement," he said.
He also encouraged all participants to uphold the values of the Civil Service, particularly professionalism, integrity, and fairness.
For the first time, female teams will participate in both the football and newly introduced tennis competitions.
Nana Agyekum-Dwamena explained that this decision was made to help unearth and develop talents, foster unity and networking among staff, and enhance service delivery.
The final rounds of the tennis and football competitions are scheduled for May 31 and June 1, 2023, respectively.
The Chairman of the Planning Committee, Dr Evans Aggrey-Darkoh, expressed hope that the competition would trigger enthusiasm towards the 2023 Civil Service Week and Awards ceremony and promote teamwork and resilience.
In the opening game of the football tournament, the Ministry of Works and Housing won 5-0 against the Public Sector Reforms for Results Programme (PSRRP).