Host Pohnpei has already released the schedule of competitions in the 2014 Micronesian Games.
Next year’s Micro Games will feature 13 events and nine of them will be played one day right after the opening ceremonies set for July 19. Athletics, baseball, basketball, fast-pitch softball, spear-fishing, swimming, lawn tennis, indoor volleyball, and wrestling will have their first day of competition on July 20 at the various facilities in Pohnpei.
Canoe racing will kick off action on July 22 at Tekahtik Harbor, while weightlifting will begin the next day at the COM-FSM National Gymnasium. Table tennis and Micronesian All-Around will start their respective competitions on July 25 at the Tekahtik Harbor and COM-FSM National Gymnasium. The same gymnasium will also serve as the venue for basketball, while volleyball is set at the PNI State Gymnasium. Other venues for next year’s competitions that will run until July 29 are the PICS Track and Field (opening ceremonies and athletics), Daini Ballfield (baseball), Spanish Wall (softball), PNI Swimming Pool (swimming) and PNI Tenis Courts (lawn tennis).
With less than a year before the Micro Games kicks off, Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association is calling all local federations to submit a letter specifying the names of their respective coaches and how training and selection of athletes will be conducted by December 1.
In NMASA’s previous meeting, Northern Mariana Islands Tennis Association, Northern Marianas Swimming Federation, and Northern Mariana Islands Kanu Association turned over letters of intent for the Micro Games. Tony Rogolifoi, who is an official of both the Saipan Baseball League, Inc. and Basketball Association of Northern Mariana Islands, did not submit letters during the September meeting, but disclosed that BANMI and SBLI are planning to send teams to Pohnpei. Northern Marianas Athletics missed the meeting, but submitted the letter of intent the following day.
Northern Mariana Islands Volleyball Association also expressed its interest in competing in the Micro Games, but the letter of intent was for beach volleyball, which was not included in the schedule of events the organizers released last weekend.
Pohnpei won the hosting rights of the quadrennial event in 2010 during the 7th Micronesian Games in Palau. The CNMI collected 44 gold medals, 23 silver, and 25 bronze in Palau to finish second behind the host in the medal standings and get its most gold medals since the first staging of the Micro Games in 1969.