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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Revised schedule for Micro Games out

Team CNMI joins the opening parade of the 2010 Micronesian Games in Palau. (ROSELYN MONROYO) Organizers of the 2014 Micronesian Games in Pohnpei have released a revised schedule for the quadrennial competition.

From the original schedule of July 19 to 29, the Games will now take place from July 20 to 30 with the opening ceremony set for July 20 at the Pohnpei (PNI) track and field oval at 5pm. The technical committee meeting of the majority of the 14 events under the Micro Games calendar will also take place on July 21, while competitions will kick off on July 21 for most of the sports.

Athletics will run from July 21 to July 24, while baseball, fast-pitch softball, basketball, and indoor volleyball will be held from July 21 to 30. Baseball will be played at Daini Field and softball is at the Spanish Wall Ballfield, while basketball and indoor volleyball are set at the COM-FSM National Gymnasium and PNI Gymnasium, respectively. Tennis will also run 10 days at the PNI Tennis Courts.

Football is scheduled for July 25 to 30 at the COM-FSM National Campus; Micronesian All-Around are slated for July 26 and 28 at Spanish Wall Park; spearfishing on July 21 and 22 at Mangrove Bay Marina; swimming on July 21 to 24 at PNI Swimming Pool; table tennis on July 26 and July 28 to 30 at COM-FSM National Gymnasium; canoe racing on July 23 to 25 at the Mangrove Bay Marina; weightlifting on July 24 and 25 at the COM-FSM National Gymnasium; and wrestling on July 21 to 23 at the COM-FSM National Gymnasium.

Delegates urged to
secure flights
Of the 14 sports, the CNMI is only competing in nine. Athletics, baseball, basketball, tennis, spearfishing, canoe, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling beat the deadline for submission of entries by numbers last month, bringing the CNMI’s delegation to Pohnpei to 173 (including officials).

After confirming their participation to the Micro Games, Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association president Michael White reminded the various local sports federations to secure airline seats as early as possible.

White said United Airlines’ flight to Pohnpei can only accommodate 150 passengers and seats have started to run out with Guam and Palau making early reservations. As for the CNMI side, only baseball has communicated with United Airlines official to inquire about flights to Pohnpei. United Airlines fly to Pohnpei four times a week or every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

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