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Vanuatu organisers anticipate over 1,800 competitors at 2017 Pacific Mini Games
Vanuatu 2017 organisers have advised that around 1,832 athletes are on course to attend this year’s Pacific Mini Games.
Speaking at this week’s Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) Annual General Assembly in Fiji this week, members of the Organising Committee provided an update on their progress for the multi-sport event.
Vanuatu 2017 Chief Executive Mike Flood advised 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 the December Games, while participation could be further increased as Australia and New Zealand are now expected to compete in weightlifting.
Flood also requested that National Olympic Committees put forward technical officials to help with the demands of staging the event, statting “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.
“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.”
Van2017 organisers also stated that the beach volleyball competition at the Games could act as a qualifier for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, but confirmation is still required.
The organisers are also able to count on the support of China, with the country’s Government having helped fund venues for the Games, as they have pledged to do for the Tonga 2019 Pacific Games.
Flood added “the Korman complex consists of a 12,000 seater outdoor stadium, a track that is fully lit, an indoor hall, six tennis courts, four beach volleyball courts and archery.
“We will be able to do most of our sports at Korman.
“I also makes our life much easier when it comes to transport.”
The Games will take place from 4th to 15th December.
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