SUBMISSION of the initial number of entries for countries that will be competing in the XVI Pacific Games in Samoa is due at the end of October.
The October 31 deadline is among the key dates organizers of the quadrennial meet released this month to island nations that will send delegates to the competition, which will be held from July 7 to 20 in Apia.
Solomon Islands is expected to send more than 300 athletes and officials to the games.
The National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI) through the National Selection and Justification Committee (NSJC) has until January 7 next year to confirm the final numerical entries, as registration on the competition website the sporting pulse will start on January 31.
Then the deadline for submission of entries by names is set for May 22 or 45 days before the Pacific Games kick off.
Also set for May 22 is the payment for the first 30 percent of per diem charges. Per Diem is set at USD$35 (equivalent to $279.17 Solomon Islands Dollars) for each delegate (athletes and officials). Per Diem is the cost to participate in the Games and will be paid directly to the organising committee in Samoa.
The next 30 percent should be settled by June 6, while the remaining 40 must be paid by June 30.
Solomon Islands Chef De Mission to the 2019 Pacific Games Morris Maitaki says each federation will be responsible for their own participation cost (per diem) at the Games.
“Federations are required to meet the per diem charges of their own delegate (athletes and officials).
“NOCSI will assist in some other ways but will not be responsible for the per diem of each delegate.
“Each federation is required to provide their per diem expense to NOCSI a week before the May 22 deadline, who will then liaise on behalf of the federations directly with the Samoan organising committee to sort out the payment,” the Chef de Mission explains.
On this note, Maitaki strongly urges the federations to start fundraising for their participation in the Pacific Games and made a further call on them to continuously liaise with the NSJC this week on team lists submissions and other related matters.
Maitaki reminds local sports federations that are sending teams/athletes to the event that they must have to be conscious about the deadlines to avoid any disappointment.
Meanwhile, other key dates in next year’s Pacific Games are June 6 and July 4, which are set for the accreditation of all officials and opening of the Athletes Village, respec