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Pacific Mini Games Organizing Committee chair Marco Peter gestures during their meeting last Wednesday at the Saipan Mayor’s Office. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The 2022 Pacific Mini Games Organizing Committee is asking the six sports federations competing in next year’s event to submit a draft of their respective budget requests.

Athletics, baseball, beach volleyball, triathlon, badminton, and golf are the six programs initially approved for the Mini Games that the CNMI will be hosting from June 17 to 25.

The budget would include equipment costs, logistics in running their competitions, and other related expenses.

Robin Sapong, who co-chairs the Games Committee of the Pacific Mini Games Organizing Committee, is hoping that the six sports federations will submit the budget draft (estimate) before next month’s meeting.

Sapong also requested federations to do inventory of their equipment to give the Games Committee an idea on what needs procurement. The co-chair called on federations, too to determine the facilities they will be needing for the Mini Games. The facilities do not only include the venue for actual competitions, but also for training sessions.

“It is very important for each sport association to have their tournament facilities certified according to the standards of their respective international federations,” Sapong said.

Meanwhile, the Pacific Mini Games Organizing Committee continues to communicate with the Pacific Games Council for the inclusion of tennis and weightlifting to the program for next year’s competition.

The Pacific Games Council will host a general membership assembly in early April and the decision on the request of the CNMI to add two sports in the program will be decided in the meeting. Based on the Mini Games charter, the final lineup of sports to be contested in the quadrennial event must be confirmed one year before the competition.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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