Preparations continue for Micro Games

Posted on Apr 18 2006

Local organizers are putting their noses to the grindstone to ensure that the 6th Micronesian Games go off without a hitch when an estimated 1,400 athletes from throughout the region descend on Saipan later this summer, but the Micro Games Organizing Committee isn’t the only group working hard to put the CNMI’s best foot forward.

As the temperature continues to rise and time continues to march on toward Opening Day on June 23, the hardworking employees of the Department of Cultural and Community Affairs earn their checks by sweating under the sun.

Yesterday the Division of Sports and Recreation’s crew returned to perform their best collective Picasso as they spent hours outside the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium painting the walls for the first time since the facility’s opening.

Joey Dela Cruz, John Reyes, and Joe Lizama were just some of the team putting the new face on an old friend, but they were joined by the man who used to run the show at the Oleai Sports Complex—Tony Rogolifoi.

The veteran athlete and organizer, who retired when the new government took office, made use of his free time by wielding a brush to help paint his old “office” alongside his former employees.

Rogolifoi said that he was happy to get out of the house to lend a hand, but he has actually been helping all along as a member of the MGOC from the start. The committee had another meeting last night with president of the Micronesian Games Council Bill Keldermans and Baklai Temengil of the Palau National Olympic Committee, but details were not available as of press time.

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