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Micro Games host known by end of 2007

Micronesian Games Council president Bill Keldermans is hoping to name the host country of the 7th Micronesian Games by the end of the year.

Keldermans, in a telephone interview yesterday, said he is waiting for other MGC member island nations to cast their votes of which country to support for the right of hosting the Games in 2010.

“The hosting of the Games has not been awarded because nobody would send me their votes,” Keldermans said.

Those that already voted are the CNMI, Palau, Kiribati, and contenders Yap and the Marshall Islands.

Guam, and the three other states of the Federated States of Micronesia—Chuuk, Kosrae, and Pohnpeii—have not voted yet.

Kosrae, the Marshall Islands, and Yap have submitted their bids to host the 2010 staging of the Games. Keldermans said that Kosrae pulled out its bid early this year.

“That leaves the Marshall Islands and Yap as the bid countries. We can have the Games either in Majuro or Colonia in 2010,” said Keldermans. “[But first] we need those votes. People need the time to get ready and prepare their sports facilities before the Games.”

Yap was supposed to host the 6th Micronesian Games in 2006, but had to withdraw after most of its sports facilities were damaged by a strong typhoon that hit the island in early 2004.

Saipan sent its intention to take over the hosting during the VII South Pacific Mini Games in Koror, Palau in 2005 where CNMI sports and government officials started to lobby and discuss with Keldermans to get the MGC’s approval.

The MGC finally awarded the hosting to the CNMI before the end of 2005 and in June 2006, Saipan welcomed more than 1,000 athletes and officials from eight other Micronesian islands.

Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association president Michael A. White, during NMASA’s monthly meeting, is also hoping the announcement of the host country be made soon so CNMI athletes can also start preparing for the 2010 Micro Games.

“There was supposed to be a vote taken last September, the last I’ve heard from Bill Keldermans was that a couple of member countries and states have not voted yet.”

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