CNMI delegates to Micro Games leave Saturday

Members of the CNMI Athletics Team train at the Oleai Sports Complex last week despite of the bad weather conditions. (Northern Marianas Athletics)

The bulk of the CNMI delegates to the 2018 Micronesian Games will leave Saipan for Yap this Saturday.

The men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s indoor volleyball, athletics, and men’s and women’s canoe teams will board a United Airlines flight to Guam before heading to Colonia Saturday early afternoon in time for Sunday’s opening ceremony at the Yap Sports Complex track oval. The CNMI’s spearfishing team will leave tomorrow, while the Commonwealth’s swimmers won’t be in Yap until next week, as the open water swim is scheduled on July 20 and 21.

Baseball games will be played from July 16 to 26 with the CNMI debuting against Yap on July 17 in the 3pm first match. In the second tiff, it will be Kosrae versus Pohnpei, while the latter will kick off the competition on July 16 at 3pm against Palau. Yap will also play in the opening day, as it faces Kosrae at 6pm. Defending champion Guam will have its first match on July 18 opposite Kosrae. The baseball contest will use a page system format in the playoffs with the Top 2 finishers after the elimination battling for the first finals berth. The loser of the No. 1 vs 2 match will then play the winner of the No. 3 vs 4 tiff for the second and last finals ticket. The gold medal game is tentatively set for July 26 at 6pm after the third place match at 3pm.

Basketball will also start on July 16 and will conclude on July 24. Schedule has yet to be released, but both the men’s and women’s teams will be divided into two pools for the elimination round.

Men’s indoor volleyball will take place from July 19 to 22 with the CNMI battling Pohnpei, Guam, Chuuk, Yap, Palau, and Kiribati.

Canoe racing will be held on July 18 and 19; athletics competition will run from July 16 to 19; spearfishing on July 16 and 17; and weightlifting on July 18 and 19.

Teams are putting finishing touches on their preparations for the Micro Games with athletics having a time trial that started last night and will run until Thursday.

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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