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Nauru withdraws from Micro Games due to lack of funds

NAURU has formally withdrawn from Micro Games participation due to inadequate funding.

In his letter to Micro Games president and members of the board, Nauru Olympic Committee President Marcus Stephen said Team Nauru unfortunately will not be participating at the 2018 Micro Games.

“It is a big disappointment for us as we had ordered all our uniforms and paid for them but due to the travel costs / arrangement, it is simply not feasible for us,” Stephen said.

The only option left for Team Nauru would have been to Charter a flight to Yap with Team Kiribati and share the costs.

Members of the Nauru Team pose for photo during the welcome ceremony for the Micronesia Regional Championships hosted by Saipan last month.  Photo by Emmanuel T. EredianoMembers of the Nauru Team pose for photo during the welcome ceremony for the Micronesia Regional Championships hosted by Saipan last month. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

But, “for your information the Charter flight would cost us $300,000.00 in total which would equate to about $7,500 per person considering our reduced number plus add uniforms and village per diem costs.”

“Our Government even though very supportive saw that it was not feasible to spend this kind of money and can be better spent elsewhere,” he said.

“Every Micro Games is a challenge for us especially with the travel up North and the Commonwealth Games is in the same year which does not help us and it is a very important Games for us as well to attend.”

“Probably, for future Games if hosted up North, we hope that some consideration and concession can be given to Nauru and Kiribati to assist us. This can be a discussion for later,” Stephen said.

“I am sure you would be very understanding to our decision to withdraw. On the above note, I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone success and the best of luck for the Games,” he added.