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Pacific Games Council to visit Saipan next month

THE Pacific Games Council will pay Saipan a visit next month to check on how the commonwealth is preparing for the 2021 Pacific Mini Games.

During last Thursday’s monthly membership meeting at the American Red Cross office at Airport Road, Northern Marianas Sports Association President Michael White announced that PGC President Vidya Lakhan and executive director Andrew Minogue will be visiting late in March and will meet with the board.

The sports officials will also, meet with the local sports federations.

NMSA also met with government officials last week and they said that they are trying to identify sources of revenue to meet the budget requirement.

Jerry Tan, who is chairman of the Pacific Games authority, is also following up with the government’s office to make sure that CNMI has things moving in preparation for the games.

The female sprinters race on Oleai Sports Complex track during the 2018 Micronesia Area Championships.  Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoThe female sprinters race on Oleai Sports Complex track during the 2018 Micronesia Area Championships. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

With the deadline next month, White will be traveling to Fiji to meet and submit a status report.

“We hope to tell them that the government has committed to the necessary funding for the game,” said White.

The Northern Marianas Athletics has earlier expressed hope that the CNMI will be ready to host the event.

But NMA President Ramon Tebuteb also brought up 10 things that need to be done.

Thes include the Level II certified track and field that needs to be resurfaced again as soon as possible.

The other tasks that NMA thinks, has to be accomplished include: to obtain LED score board for various functions, prior, during and after events programs; provide 50-meter grass berms on the 100-meter and 300-meter marks; fence about all areas for competition and officials purposes; provide bleachers on the 200-meter and 400-meter marks; parking area on the western and northern side of track facility; provide 20x40 office for all purposes; four additional light fixtures;  pave/cement 6 feet outside lane 8 for public usage and provide equipment for competition and training.