Articlefrom the Pacific Daily News (27 April 2014)
TheMicronesian state of Pohnpei will host the 8th Micronesian Games, which kickoff with opening ceremonies in Kolonia on July 20 and run through July 30.Joining Guam in the competition will be Kiribati, the Republic of the MarshallIslands, Kosrae, host Pohnpei, Chuuk, the Commonwealth of the Northern MarianaIslands, Yap, Palau and Nauru.
OnlyPalau and Pohnpei are expected to have larger contingents at the games thanGuam, with the three, along with the Northern Marianas, being clearfrontrunners for the medal leads.
"Myguess would be that since World War II there haven't been this many people here,"said Bob Spegal, chief executive officer of the 8th Micro Games OrganizingCommittee.
Morethan 1,600 athletes and close to 1,000 fans are expected on the island, whichhas a population of around 36,000, Spegal said.
Itwill be the second Micro Games to be held in Pohnpei; the first since 2002. Oneof the four Federated States of Micronesia, Pohnpei was selected by the MicroGames Council and had its bid announced during the closing ceremonies of the7th Micronesian Games in Palau.
Manyof the facilities used in the last games will be utilized again, including arefurbished pool and track and field complex that is in the process of beingre-constructed and resurfaced.
"Lasttime, we cut a lot of corners. This time it will be a track that willlast," Spegal said. "Everything else will be pretty much thesame."
Thefast-pitch softball field, Spanish Wall Ballfield, is one of the oldestoperating fields in the world. Parts of the outfield wall date back to FortAlfonso XIII, which was built in 1887, according to Spegal.
Basketball,weightlifting, table tennis and wrestling will be held in the College ofMicronesia National Gym, as they were in 2002. The arena has been upgraded withnew floors, lights, windows and a sound system, largely funded by a donation of$200,000 from the Chinese government, Spegal said.
Newto the games this year is men's soccer, with Pohnpei, Chuuk, Yap and Palau allscheduled to participate. Kirabati and Kosrae also are considering sendingteams. The matches will be played at the College of Micronesia campus on anewly constructed field, paid for with a $120,000 grant from the Japanesegovernment, Spegal said.
Australiachipped in as well, helping to contribute a new dishwasher that will be used atthe athletes' village and new backboards for the basketball court.
Thevillage will house 1,400 competitors from all of the delegations except Pohnpeiand Guam. The host's athletes will stay in their own homes and Team Guam willprimarily stay in hotel rooms booked by organizers from their own sports.
Athletesstaying in the village will be housed in high school classrooms without airconditioning and served meals during three designated periods throughout theday.
Tofeed all the competitors, coaches, managers and volunteers for two weeks, organizershave placed orders for 13,400 pounds of rice, 7,700 pounds of chicken and 1,300pounds of pork, Spegal said. Participants in any of the competitions at thecollege will stay in dorms and eat in the cafeteria there during the durationof their sport's competition.
Eventschedules aren't complete, but most are expected to wrap up in the earlyevening.
Becauseathletes won't have access to TV or other entertainment in their rooms in thevillage, the Micro Games organizers will schedule local entertainment -- bands,dancers and other performers -- to visit the village each night.
Mostof the competitions will be held within walking distance of the village, butsome are a good distance away. Spear fishing, for instance, will be held duringthe first two days of the games on a different island, Ant Atoll, because thewaters are better for the sport.
Toget around, all of the delegations will be given a bus and a large van to useduring the games. There also will be a shuttle running between Kolonia, wheremost of the action in the games will occur, and Palikir, the capital of FSM andsite of basketball, wrestling, weightlifting and table tennis.
Securitywill be provided by the Pohnpei State Police, and Pohnpei also is providing amedical presence at all events.
Officialsand referees for the Micro Games will come from several national Olympiccommittees from around the world. The magnitude of the event will maketraveling to and staying in Pohnpei during the games a hot ticket. All theflights and hotel rooms were full in 2002 and Spegal said he expects the samethis time.
"Ifpeople are planning to come, they should make arrangements as soon aspossible," Spegal said. "It looks as though all of the (hotel) roomsare taken. ... What we're doing now is announcing to the local public that ifthey have a room they want to rent, that can be done."
OK, so we are getting closer to the games. In athletics, the 100 meter sprint is probably the most anticipated race of all. There are five girls who are currently running 12.+ seconds in the event. The list is not by times, just randomly typed in.
1. Yvonne Bennet - CNMI
2. Lovelite Detenamo - Nauru
3. Ruby Joy Gabriel - Belau
4. Raquel Walker - Guam
5. Regine - Tugade - Guam
Anybody know about the guys? Only one I know is Rodman Teltul from Belau. He ran a 10.+ or below 11 seconds. The Namelo brothers from Chuuk are currently running in the low 11, not quite below 10s yet. That is the same as Guam's Alicto.
July 20 - Opening ceremony @ 5:00PM
July 21 - Day 1: 7:00AM Athletics; 8:00AM Softball, Tennis; 9:00AM Swimming, Wrestling; 10:00AM Baseball
Can someone confirm if this is true?
Guam may not send its track and field team because it is suspended by the GNOC (Guam National Olympic Committee), the highest sports governing body on Guam.