190 Ni-Vanuatu Athletes Heading To China For Training

Country to host Pacific Mini Games in December

By Kathie Simon

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, April 13, 2017) – A total of 190 athletes will be travelling shortly to China for training in preparation for the Pacific Mini Games (PMG) that will be hosted by Vanuatu in December.

One of the incentives promised for the athletes is cash if they win with; Vt500,000 [US$4,600] for Gold; Vt300,000 [US$2,700] for Silver and Vt200,000 [US$1,800] for Bronze.

These athletes will be based in two Provinces in China.

The athletes were formally encouraged and bid farewell this week on Tuesday.

This event marks a milestone in the relationship between the Government of Vanuatu and the People’s Republic of China.

Sports ambassadors including officials, with parents and guardians, gathered at the Vanuatu Convention Centre to hear the remarks and words of encouragement from Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai, before the selected athletes’ departure to China for intensive training.

Mr Salwai, who was accompanied by China’s Ambassador to Vanuatu, Liu Quan, and Minister for Finance, Antoine Pikioune, Minister for Education Jean Pierre Nirua, the Minister for Youth Development Training and Sport, Seule Simeon, Minister of Justice Ronald Warsal together with other members of parliament.

The Department of Youth Development and Sports officer, responsible for the travelling of the Vanuatu athletes to China, Simeon Roqara, spoke on behalf of the department that it went through technical difficulties especially with the experience of many of the athletes not having passports as it is their first time to travel but assured that finalization of such will be sorted out by the week.

The Minister for Youth Development and Sport spoke of the two countries as having established and enjoyed a very cordial relationship over the past years and for the first time Vanuatu will be sending a sports delegation to China to fulfill the agreement of Vanuatu/China exchange sport program.

Minister Simeon remarked that the current Government has fully committed itself in providing funds to support the exchange program, one being pocket monies for the athletes.

It will be a time for Vanuatu athletes to fly the colours of the nation in China. At the same time there is an expectation for a difference in terms of results in the medal tally during the VAN2017 PMG.

The minister for sport confirmed that included in the package is a host of incentives that includes cash for medal winners.

The Chinese Ambassador on the other hand sent words of encouragement to the athletes that whilst in China undergoing training, that they take time to also engage in meaningful cultural exchange initiatives.

Vanuatu Daily Post
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