LEAN CNMI DELEGATION TO PACIFIC GAMES

NMASA president Michael White, left, seen here listening to NMASA vice president Jeff Race, announced during the 2010 NMASA Annul Sports Banquet, that the CNMI will be competing in only three events in the 14th Pacific Games in New Caledonia in August. (Roselyn B. Monroyo) Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association president Michael White announced during the 2010 NMASA Annual Sports Banquet Thursday night at Saipan Grand Hotel that only golf, athletics, and beach volleyball completed the requirement for the Pacific Games.

NMASA mandated sports federations to turn in $1,000 bond per team and $250 for each delegate on or before Feb. 15 to gain entry to the quadrennial meet and when the deadline lapsed, only three groups met the requirement.

The bond is needed as NMASA has until the end of this month to inform the Pacific Games organizing committee about the sports the CNMI will be competing in. If a federation is listed, but ends up failing to compete, NMASA will use the bond to pay the penalty for pulling out of the competition.

“With only three federations completing the requirement, we will have a lean delegation to the Pacific Games this year,” White said.

White added it is unfortunate that the CNMI will have a small delegation to New Caledonia due to the financial difficulties each federation is going through. The NMASA president also said the CNMI could send more athletes to the Pacific Games if financial assistance from the Government were available. He said NMASA has yet to get a response from its request for assistance from the Legislature, but said he understands the situation, as 2011 is really a tough year for looking for funds. NMASA had earlier estimated the cost of the Pacific Games trip at $2,200 per delegate.

This year's Pacific Games will run from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10 with 28 sports lined up for the quadrennial competition: athletics, basketball, beach and indoor volleyball, soccer, golf, weightlifting, swimming, Rugby 7’s, tennis, table tennis, va’s (canoe racing), badminton, baseball, boxing, cricket, karate, squash, surfing, taekwondo, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing, body building, power lifting, and judo.




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