AUSTRALIAN SPORTS FUNDING

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PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM SECRETARIAT Suva, Fiji Islands

PRESS STATEMENT April 5, 2002

FOR FORUM COUNTRIES WELCOMED

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has welcomed an Australian-funded sports development program and encouraged its 14 Forum Island Country members to make use of the offer.

The Sports Development Program Australia - South Pacific 2006 (ASP 2006) aims to help athletes in the region prepare for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

A total of AU$ 3 million (US$ 1,592,910) is budgeted for a six-year period including 2006.

The focus is on more resources for grassroots sport development and human resource development.

The ASP 2006 has two components: a project fund managed by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and a discretionary fund for use by Australian missions in the region.

Funding requests are channeled through National Olympic Committees, to the Australian Sports Commission or to accredited Australian missions.

For additional information, contact: Ulafala Aiavao at UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj 

Ulafala Aiavao Media Adviser Forum Secretariat Private Bag Suva, Fiji

Tel: (679) 220 220 Mob: (679) 998 674 Fax: (679) 305 554 Email: UlafalaA@forumsec.org.fj  Web: www.forumsec.org.fj  Mirror site: http://chacmool.sdnp.undp.org/pacific/forumsec/default1.htm 

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