The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (MOYSD) has confirmed that Team Vanuatu is ready to attend the 2019 Samoa Pacific Games scheduled for July.
Vanuatu will be travelling to Samoa with a total of 158 athletes including Coaches, Officials and VIPs.
“This is the first time ever that the Ministry through the Government of Vanuatu has allocated a high budget of around Vt95 Million for the Games. It is a very high commitment to make towards supporting our athletes as well as the development of Sports for Vanuatu that has never been done before,” Acting Director for the Department of Youth and Sports, Johnson Toa says in an interview with the Vanuatu Broadcasting Television blong Vanuatu (VBTC) on Thursday this week.
Mr Toa has also confirmed the budget will be used for the following initiatives; games attendance by Team Vanuatu (Participating fee), Preparation of teams before the games, Rewards/ incentives for athletes winning medals at the games, ambassadors program, formal function hosted by the Minister of Youth and Sports at the Games in Samoa and a taskforce funding to progress Vanuatu’s bid for 2017 Pacific Games.
“We have allocated Vt16 million for National Federation for their training budget; Vt6 million for Uniforms, Vt3 million for Official Function for Samoa, Vt12 million for the Plane Charter, Vt17 million for Participating Games fee for Team Vanuatu for the Games; Vt5 million for Athletes, Coaches and Official DSA’s and around Vt30,900,000 million for Medals Winning Incentives and others,” Toa said.
A total of 158 athletes will be attending the Games with coaches and officials on an Air Vanuatu direct chartered flight from Port Vila to Samoa.
“Athletes, coaches and officials will also be receiving allowances while on their stay in Samoa. We are also preparing to have a Team Vanuatu uniform and an Athletes profile booklet for this Games,” Mr Toa added.
Team Vanuatu will be participating at 15 sports discipline including Para Sports. The sports disciplines are as follows, Soccer (Men/Women); Beach Volleyball (Men/Women), Tennis, Table Tennis, 3x3 Basketball (men/women); Athletics, Cricket, Golf, Judo, Weightlifting, Sailing, Swimming, Boxing, Archery, Taekwondo and Para Sports.
“The number of athletes is also the first ever high number that Vanuatu will be sending to participate at the Games. This number shows that the Ministry is always here to support our young people who have dream to see Sport as a carrier and to those who have committed themselves to train hard to be an ambassador to represent Vanuatu in any National, Regional and International Sport”.
CEO of the Vanuatu National Sports Commission (VNSC), Trevor Toka said a number of participating Sport Federations have been faithful in their attendance to use the Korman Sports Complex for their daily trainings.
“We are also hoping for better results from our athletes at the upcoming Games,” Toka said.
Meanwhile, a 2019 Samoa Games hub has been setup at the Korman Sports Complex in Port Vila to work on preparations for the games. The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports would like to ensure that there is high performance from athletes from the upcoming Pacific Games and is looking forward for better result turnout.
Team Vanuatu will be departing from the 2nd of July and will return back from the 22nd of July.
The MOYSD Minister, Seule Simeon, will be leading a very high delegation that comprises of the Minister of Education and Training, Jean Pierre Nirua; Chairman of the Public Service Commission, Martin Mahe; Director General of the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, Henry Vira; 1st Political Advisor of the Minister of Youth and Sports, John Nalwang; Member of Parliament, Marcellino Telukluk; and Mr Ruben Tafau from the Department of Finance as Treasurer in charge of the Expenditure Analysis.
The Ministry has also confirmed that “Athletes winning medals will receive incentive”.
This is the 16th edition of the Pacific Games to be hosted by Samoa in Apia to be scheduled from the 7th – 20th July with around 22 participating countries expected to compete at the Games and a total of 26 sports.
The Games slogan is “One in Spirit”.