Preparations for the upcoming Micronesian Games will be the hot topic during next Thursday’s monthly Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association meeting.
The meeting begins at 6:30pm at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium conference room, and representatives from the various sports that will be featured in the quadrennial event are encouraged to participate, as important issues will be discussed.
In previous meetings, NMASA president Michael White has requested that teams submit the names of their respective coaches.
About 1,500 to 1,700 athletes, coaches, and officials around region are expected to take part in the event, which will be held from June 23 to July 7.
The event was last held on Saipan in 1990. The state of Yap originally won the bid to host next year’s Games, however, it begged off citing that its facilities were devastated by typhoons over the past years. This resulted in the Micronesian Games Organizing Committee awarding the Games to Saipan.
Among the sports proposed to be featured during the Games include athletics, basketball, baseball for men, beach volleyball, golf, softball, slow pitch softball, spear fishing, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, outrigger canoeing, volleyball, wrestling for men, weightlifting, and Micronesian All-Around.
Much has to be done prior to the hosting as facilities are in need of renovations. The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs earlier asked the Commonwealth Development Authority for a $5.8 million funding for the regional sports event and to renovate existing sports facilities as well as construct additional facilities. (Shan Seman)