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Yap Sports Council needs funding

COLONIA, Yap (Yap State Government) — Director Paul Lane of the Yap State Sports Council is requesting for government support in funding the Yap state team to the 8th Micronesian Games that will be hosted by Pohnpei state on July 19-29, 2014.

In his communication to Gov. Sebastian Anefal, Lane shared his thoughts on the Micro Games and on how “throughout the years [the] Games have truly been a key factor in unifying the islands of the central to western pacific region.”

The Micro Games have also developed as a stepping-stone for entry into larger athletic events, such as the South Pacific Games, the Oceania Championships, and even the Olympics.

Lane said the Yap Sports Council and its various sport associations have assembled the most talented athletes to represent Yap at the 8th Micro Games. Starting late last year, training sessions were implemented for the various athletes at the Yap Sports Complex and other venues.

“Unfortunately,” added Lane, “ in order to send this delegation, funds are desperately needed.”

The budget request totals $218,652 and is for 94 athletes, 13 coaches and seven administrators/officials.

The funding will pay for plane tickets and departure fees, athlete fees and insurance.

Yap is participating in the following events: men and women’s canoeing, men and women’s track & field, men and women’s volleyball, men and women’s weightlifting, men’s wrestling and men’s soccer.