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By Jonathan V. Perez

KOROR, Palau (Marianas Variety, Aug. 3) — 7th South Pacific Mini Games Organizing Committee chairman Dr. Patrick U. Tellei assured everyone that all the medals will be handed out by the time the 11-day sports festival closes on Aug. 4.

Divine forces heeded Tellei and the entire Mini SPG Organizing Committee’s prayers as the rains stopped early Monday morning, providing the chance for outdoor games to be played.

"Only tennis, men and women’s softball and baseball are affected by the rains. Everything from security to athlete’s accommodation and food are okay. I am still confident that we will be able to finish the games on time," said Tellei.

As of this writing, winners in women’s softball were known with Guam, by virtue of its 11-1 win over Palau in the semifinals, winning the gold while the hosts and FSM settled for the silver and bronze.

Continuous rains the past week affected the regular schedule of all outdoor sports as tournament officials revised all schedules and scrambled to find contingency measures to finish the matches on time by letting games be played as late as 12 midnight.

Tellei added that the period June to August is the rainy season and that is why it is difficult to schedule events at that time.

"The best months are between October and November but you can’t hold tournaments or events after September since there are classes.

Tellei said that a covered baseball field is a good idea but it would cost them at least $100K.

The Palau Community College also thanked the more than 1,000 volunteers who took time to help out for the success of the Mini SPG.

"I appreciate all of their help. From government employees, religious organizations and the private sector you can always find a smiling face out to greet athletes and other delegates from the Pacific nations."

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

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