BY ESTHER NURIA
A $1.6 million proposed draft 2020 annual budget has recently been announced by the President of the Solomon Islands Basketball at this year’s first annual meeting held at the Multi-purpose Hall in Honiara.
The proposed draft budget is meant to cover the cost of the participation of the respective Solomon Islands National Basketball teams at the 2020 Oceania Championship in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in December, 3 x 3 Basketball Competition in Asia and Oceania, and the High School Basketball Leagues competitions ahead of preparations for the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara.
The President of the Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF), Brian Pongotapu said his office has been tasked by the Solomon Islands National Sports Council and Olympic Committee (SISANOC) to submit the Basketball Federation’s 2020 proposed draft budget to undergo further scrutiny and approval by the Ministry of Home Affairs & External Trade, and National Hosting Authority (NHA).
The proposed budget has been earmarked for the Federation’s yearly priority plans in the investment, development, and preparation of the Solomon Islands Basketball teams towards their participation at the 2023 Pacific Games hosted in the country.
“I appeal to all affiliated associations and clubs of Solomon Islands Basketball Federation to come forward with their yearly budget plans; so that we can look into our projected budget allocations planned under our proposed 1.6 million budget that will later be approved by the Solomon Islands Government and later released into your accounts.
“Our partnership is very important and we don’t want to divide ourselves here,” SIBF President added.