A team of senior officers from the Ministry and Department of Youth Development and Sports led by the Executive Officer (EO), Mr. Henry Bill have visited the TAFEA National Local Organizing Committee (LOC) on Tanna last week to inspect the sporting facilities and to discuss the current preparation status towards the National Games in May.
EO Mr. Henry confirmed that he was happy to meet with the LOC to check list what they are expecting to be in place by now as part of their preparation towards the game.
He said the stadium itself looks promising and few of the sport courts need a few more hands on work before the actual opening of the Games.
“This Government is very dedicated in supporting the sports activities throughout the country leading up to the National Games initiative. The new Director General Mr. Henry Vira is also very supportive in moving sports and youth initiatives forward”, said EO Henry.
“An additional amount to support the National Games and Samoa Games is in paper, submitted for the Council of Ministers deliberation and approval.”
Assisting the Executive Officer is senior officer, Reginald Kipe and Rocky Neveserveth from the Department of Youth Development and Sports.
Meanwhile, the LOC chairman, Etienne Ravo also confirmed that four secondary schools were identified to house the athletes and LOC will commence small maintenance work in the schools as part of the Games Legacy Plan. He concludes the meeting with countdown dates and also set final time frames for all pending tasks to be completed.
“The closing ceremony will be a colorful night of cultural and custom dances from the southern isle. This Game will leave unforgettable memories for our sports participants and officials,” he said.
In other news, Port Vila Football Association premier division matches over the weekend saw Erakor coming out victors in a tight 2-1 win over Tafea FC. The other match saw BSP Amicale thrashing Tupuji Imere 6-1, and moving up to fourth position.