The monthly meeting between Ministry/Department of Youth & Sport, Sport Commission, VASANOC and National Sport Federations on Wednesday 20 March at VASANOC Haus was in progress when news of the passing of late Donald Kalpokas Masikevanua was received.
A one minute of silence was held in respect of one of the Founding Fathers of Vanuatu’s Independence.
The late Kalpokas was a former national sports representative in Athletics before Independence and Minister of Education, Youth and Sport after Independence. His leadership helped to lay the foundations of what is now the Ministry and Department of Youth and Sport.
He was long time MP of North Efate and became Prime Minister on two occasions. He was also the former Ambassador of Vanuatu to the United Nations.
On Thursday 21 March, the Vanuatu Sport delegation paid their respects to the late Masikevanua. They comprised of staff and representatives from the Ministry, Department of Youth & Sport Development, National Sports Commission, VASANOC and National Sport Federations. It was led by the current Sports Minister Simeon Seule.
A one minute of silence was also held in honour of the victims of the Christchurch massacre