The Government has approved the Vt50M budget for Team Vanuatu to participate in the 2023 Pacific Games in November.
The budget was announced by the Finance Minister, John Salong, in Parliament yesterday.
This is good news for athletes and officials travelling to Honiara, Solomon Islands, as they will now have a chance to breathe and focus on their preparation on the field rather than off the field.
Seventeen sports will travel to Honiara and compete and each participant is required to pay Vt50,400 by this month to the Solomon Islands Organising Committee as their participation fees.
Each travelling athletes and officials are to pay VT50,400 for participation fees in May. The final listing will be submitted to the Solomon Islands 2023 Pacific Games Local Organising Committee in August.
Team Vanuatu is looking at an option of sending athletes overseas to train and prepare for the 2023 Solomon Islands Pacific Games.
This came after preparations for the regional games were disrupted by Tropical Cyclones Judy and Kevin that caused damage to sports facilities.
This was confirmed by Team Vanuatu Chef De Mission, William Worworkon.
“The two cyclones have caused a lot of damage to sports facilities and to the athletes’ preparation therefore we are now discussing of the option to send our athletes outside of Vanuatu to train,” he said.
“We will be talking with our bilateral partners and hopefully get our athletes to overseas to train.”
During the 2017 Pacific Mini Games preparation, the majority of Vanuatu’s elite athletes travelled to China to train following TC Pam.
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