Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association president Michael White has expressed his intention to run for vice president in the election of officers of the Pacific Games Council later this year.
White during the NMASA monthly meeting last Thursday at the conference room of the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium asked for the blessings of NMASA members for his election bid in the council this October.
“I am planning to run for vice president in the Pacific Games Council election and would like to request for support from NMASA board,” White said.
Tennis' Jeff Race, baseball's Rose Igitol, athletics' Orrin Pharmin, and golf's Jess Wabol were present at the meeting and threw in their support for White's vice presidential campaign.
“It's good that we have someone from NMASA on the council board to boost the CNMI's chances of getting more benefits from the council for the promotion of sports in the Commonwealth,” Wabol said.
The election will be held during the general membership meeting of the council in Wallis and Futuna, which will host the 2013 Pacific Mini Games. The council, the governing body in the region that oversees the Mini Games and the Pacific Games, right now has seven officials.
Fiji's Vidhya Lakhan is the president, while the Federated States of Micronesia's James Tobin is the vice president. Joining them on the executive board are secretary general David Boyd of New Caledonia, treasurer John Tierney of the Cook Islands, athletes' representative Carl Probert of Fiji, and member Mel Donald of Papua New Guinea. Andrew Minoque also serves in the council as executive director.
Meanwhile, White again reminded NMASA members about the Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna and those interested in sending delegates to the quadrennial event must start their fundraising drives as the trip to the French territory is pretty much expensive.
Roundtrip airfare alone cost around $2,400, excluding the two nights stay in Noumea, New Caledonia. There are only two flights to Wallis and Futuna every week and with stops to Korea and New Caledonia, the cost of the entire trip could reach as high as $3,000.