NOCSI Vice President for Provincial Development Morris Maitaki has described the participation of local athletes at next year’s Solomon Games in Rennell and Bellona province as an important phase in preparing the country’s athletes for the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.
“The national sporting event is a good platform for the Olympic Committee and sport federations to select the best and potential players to represent the country in the regional events.
“The concept of having the Solomon Games is a key opportunity to prepare our athletes at the national level of competitions, and more especially to build the preparation of our athletes towards the Pacific Games, which is a multi-sports event.
“The more we prepare, the better we do better.”
He said it was a very important platform to identify future potential and talented athletes.
“From the 2019 Solomon Games, we hope to identify more young and talented athletes for the country. Therefore, it is also a golden opportunity for talented athletes in the respective provinces in the country to come and expose their talents in the event,” he said.
“Not only that, but we can also do selections of potential athletes from other respective provinces apart from Honiara.”
On the Solomon Games in January, Maitaki said it’s important to ensure the athletes are adequately prepared so that they don’t just participate but are able to represent the country competitively.
“The key is to ensure that our athletes going to the Solomon Games prepare adequately. The biggest issue is we should move away from just participation.
“If we are going to a competition then we are going to compete and for us it’s a key issue. We have some resources, which are limited, which we will put into the various sporting disciplines to try and ensure that the athletes prepare adequately for participation in the Games.
“And for us that’s a priority,” said Maitaki.
Meanwhile, NOCSI is very optimistic and also looking forward to local business houses and the public sector, including the government, stepping up and supporting athletes as they move closer to competing at the Solomon Games in January 2019.
Meanwhile, the consultation with the National Sports Federation (NFs), Provincial Sports Authorities (PSAs) and other stakeholders of the Solomon Games has given NOCSI more confidence that the Games will go ahead next year after they were postponed this month.