Vanuatu will be sending 109 athletes to China where they will be trained by Chinese professional coaches, from April to August 2017 in preparation for the Pacific Mini Games.
This was sealed in an agreement last Saturday signed by the Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, and the Chinese Ambassador, Liu Quan, for the Chinese Government to prepare Vanuatu athletes for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games hosted by Vanuatu.
Then from October to December, just before the start of the Games, China will send professional coaches who will come to Vanuatu to train the Vanuatu sports men and women and preparing them just before the South Pacific Mini Games kicks off.
The agreement also included funding for outdoor sports facilities including swimming pools, all at the Korman Stadium areas for the South Pacific Mini Games in 2017.
Although the actual amount of funds involved was not immediately disclosed to Daily Sports, it is understood to be in millions of RMB (Chinese Currency), for the trainings of the Vanuatu athletes in China and back in Vanuatu with coaches that will be provided by China.
In his remarks, after the signing ceremony, the Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, expressed on behalf of the Vanuatu Government and the people of Vanuatu, deep and heartfelt appreciation to the Chinese Ambassador Liu Quan and the Government and the People of China for such tremendous assistance in sports facilities and professional training for the Vanuatu athletes.
He said this has further strengthened the friendship and good relations between China and Vanuatu that will continue into the future.
The Ambassador said the relationship between China and Vanuatu has taken both countries big steps forward.
He said China is pleased with the relationship and with all the development assistance it has been providing to the governments and the people of Vanuatu and will continue to do so and in this case in support of sports facilities and the training of the Vanuatu sports men and women as the country prepares to host the 2017 South Pacific Mini Games.
This is the first time for such a big number of Vanuatu athletes to go to China and get professional training.