Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association has set a December deadline for teams interested in sending athletes to the 2012 Pacific Mini Games in Wallis & Futuna.
NMASA president Michael White said that local associations should turn in a letter of intent on or before the NMASA December meeting.
Next year's Mini Games will run from Sept. 2 to 12 with eight sports included on the competition calendar: athletics, beach volleyball, rugby 7's, sailing, taekwondo, canoe racing, volleyball, and weightlifting.
Though White hinted that the cost of the Wallis & Futuna trip will be expensive, he still encouraged NMASA members to consider sending athletes to the Mini Games, particularly in sailing, athletics, and beach volleyball.
Airfare alone would cost around $3,000 and travel time will take days, according to White. The NMASA head will be in the French territory this weekend and his long journey started last Sunday when he arrived in Cairns and then in Sydney, Australia. He is expected to leave Sydney for Noumea, New Caledonia today and he will stay in the French territory for 12 hours before reaching his final destination by Thursday.
In Wallis & Futuna, White will be attending the 4th annual Pacific Sports Awards where the CNMI has nominees.
Tennis' Rafael Jones is nominated for the Outstanding Junior Athlete of the Year, while baseball's Joshua Jones and athletics' Yvonne Bennett are the Commonwealth's candidates for the Male and Female Outstanding Athletes of the Year. Baseball's Tony Rogolifoi and Rose Igitol are vying for top officials honors, as they are nominated for the Outstanding Coach of the Year and the Outstanding Sports Administrator awards, respectively, while the 2011 Pacific Games gold medalist, CNMI Baseball Team, is aiming for the Team of the Year honors.