Vanuatu 2017 organisers have stated that around 1,832 athletes are on course to attend this year’s Pacific Mini Games.

Members of the Organising Committee provided an update on their progress for the multi-sport event here today, as preparations continue for the Games in December.

Mike Flood, Vanuatu 2017 chief executive, stated that 1,101 male and 731 female athletes are currently registered to take part across 13 sports.

A further 498 team officials are also earmarked to attend, while participation could be further increased as Australia and New Zealand are now expected to compete in weightlifting.

However, Flood requested that National Olympic Committees also put forward technical officials to help with the demands of staging the event.

“We are working very hard with the National Federations in Vanuatu to build an to build the capacity and we are working with technical delegates to secure technical officials across the Pacific,” Flood said.

“There has been an appeal for technical officials to be included as part of your teams.

“New Caledonia have committed 15 technical officials and that is a huge support, which helps to offset our budget and builds capacity.”

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