By Roselyn Monroyo
Reporter, Saipan Tribune

The Commonwealth moved closer to bringing the Mini Games here after the pre-bid committee formed by Gov. Benigno R. Fitial voted unanimously to submit a bid for the quadrennial competition. The decision was made during the pre-bid committee meeting yesterday with government and local sports officials in attendance.

Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association president Michael White will chair the committee. the NMASA head was happy with this recent development.

“NMASA is very pleased with the decision to submit a bid for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games. This decision could not have been made without the strong support and commitment of the Governor and other Commonwealth leaders, in both the public and the private sectors. We look forward to the bid process. We are confident that we can present an excellent proposal to the Pacific Games Council, and we are hopeful that the council will accept our bid,” White said in an email to Saipan Tribune.

“Hosting the 2017 Pacific Games will offer significant benefits to our economy, and leave a lasting sporting legacy for our people. We are confident that we can stage the Games in a manner in which we can all be proud, and which will bring credit to the CNMI,” White added.

Bids for hosting of the 2017 edition of the Mini Games are due in March this year during the Pacific Games Council meeting and in previous statements, White said Vanuatu is also expected to submit a bid for the 2017 competition.

Fitial, in a letter to Senate President Paul Manglona, who was invited to be part of the pre-bid committee, said hosting the Games will bring positive international recognition for the CNMI.

“The media coverage of the Games is sure to attract even more tourists and returning visitors, as the Games will be attended by hundreds of athletes and officials and their families and friends. Hosting the Games will pump about $12 million into our economy,” Fitial said.

“I am very enthusiastic about the possibility of hosting the Games,” the Governor added.


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