The Pacific Games Council met with local sports federations last Friday to discuss preparations for the 2021 Pacific Mini Games.
PGC president Vidya Lakhan and chief executive officer Andrew Minogue sat down with representatives of badminton, baseball, athletics, golf, triathlon, tennis, weightlifting, and a couple of Northern Marianas Sports Association officials, and made some recommendations that will push forward the hosts’ preparations for the quadrennial competition.
“We met with the sports associations to ask them to appoint a competition manager who will be in charge of organizing their sports at Games time. We will provide them with support from their respective international federations in the planning,” Minogue said.
The sports groups are also advised to start recruiting players and make plans on how to get volunteers that will help them facilitate the tournaments in the Mini Games next year.
Athletics, beach volleyball, baseball, golf, badminton, and triathlon are the sports that made the initial list of events in the downsized Mini Games, while tennis and weightlifting may be added depending on the consensus of the Pacific Games Association-member countries that will decide on the final lineup early next year.
Though the PGC did not give a timetable on appointing competition managers, each federation were reminded that finding people to handle their respective tournaments should be among their priorities.
Meanwhile, Minogue said he and Lakhan will be back on Saipan in April to get updates on the 2021 Mini Games preparations.
“We should be back in April just after Easter as the Oceania National Olympic Committee General Assembly will be held in Guam from April 14 to 18,” said Minogue, who before meeting with local federations attended the Northern Marianas Sports Association Annual Sports Banquet last week.