Vanuatu Games competitors are already giving their best and many have collected medals and thrilled spectators who have come in large numbers to witness the biggest sporting event ever to be staged in this nation.
This week, Games venues Korman, Port Vila Stadium, Mele Golf Course and Epauto have been packed each day with team supporters, friends and families of competitors from 24 countries in the region, who have been thrilled by the high standard of competition.
Starting from December 7, 2017, several neighbouring countries will receive the second contingent of their teams to participate in various sport discipline competitions to be held next week, including Athletics, the Half Marathon, Archery, Basketball 3×3, Beach Volleyball, Boxing and Netball.
Team PNG’s second contingent is made up of athletes for Athletics, and their Boxers are arriving Thursday this week while PNG Netball team is expected on December 10, making a total of 145 athletes participating in this Games, said Ms Emma Waiwai, PNG Chef de Mission.
While for the Fiji Chef de Mission Wayne O’Connor, Team Fiji will be adding another 69 athletes arriving this weekend, to compete in Archery, Basketball 3×3, Boxing and Para–Athletics, which makes a total of 200 Fiji athletes all together, the largest delegation of athletes.
According to New Caledonia Chef de mission Brigitte Delaveuve, there are also 67 athletes and officials from New Caledonia who will be competing in Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Beach Volleyball, and Para-Athletics, who will be arriving on December 10, as these sports competitions will take place next week.
With week 2 of the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games fast approaching, there is still much, much more for sports fans to look forward to.