2015 Pacific Games, Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
4 - 18th July 2015
Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) Secretary General Ricardo Blas today launched the new Vanuatu Sports Journalists’ Association in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
“One of the dreams of Dr Robin Mitchell- President of ONOC is to try to bring the media association to a higher platform to engage us more in the writing of sport and presentation on what’s going on in Pacific sports.
“And its not just the platform for Ni-Vanuatu’s sporting community but its for the community of the Pacific sporting athletes and you that responsibility in delivering those messages and news to the rest of the world that will be coming here very soon and I hope that everyone would be geared and focused on that,” said Blas.
Blas attended a workshop at the 4th Pacific Media Summit in Palau in March and said it was an eye-opener for him engaging with the media.
“It’s a hard work for you guys you have to go out chase the story, chase the facts behind whatever whether its good or bad but you know the responsibility of talking about sports is a very important part of the Olympics.”
The new association is the fourth of its kind to be launched in the Pacific region following the the formation of associations in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.
Vanuatu Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) Secretary General Cyrille Mainguy was in agreement with Blas saying “I think I’ll touch base with what Rick (Ricardo Blas) said your responsibility now to tell the Vanuatu people and the Pacific people and social media as well the real stories about sport.
“Sport is very good for everything- you know health, wealth you name it and I wish you all good luck. VASANOC will always support, this is our home and if you want to have meetings feel free to come.”
Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) president Moses Stevens who has been involved in the initial discussions in the formation of the sports journalists’ association was delighted for the launch.
ONOC President Dr Mitchell has said that ONOC fully supports the initiative and the link to the International Sports Press (AIPS) which is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The launch was attended by about 20 media and VASANOC and ONOC officials.
A workshop to formalise the new association collaborating with VASANOC will be facilitated by ONOC Media and Communications Manager Matai Akauola at the VASANOC office next Tuesday.