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I know it is early... real early to talk about the SPG Mini Games in 2017 but I just discovered the news that the CNMI are planning to organise football at the games they try to host. The decision which country will host the event is not yet made.
The CNMI plans to have 11 events for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games.
Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association president Michael White during the NMASA meeting last week said that in a draft of bid papers he is preparing, he included athletics, soccer, golf, swimming, tennis, canoe racing, beach and indoor volleyball, baseball, sailing, and triathlon in the proposed events for the quadrennial meet the CNMI is hoping to host five years from now.
The bid papers for the 2017 Pacific Mini Games must be completed by the end of this month, as it will be submitted to the Pacific Games Council next month.
With the deadline for the submission of bid papers fast approaching, NMASA is seeking the assistance of local sports federations to make sure all the necessary documentations are complete and will back up the CNMI's bid.
White asked local federations for a letter attesting that concerned sports groups have the capability to host their respective competitions. The NMASA head also requested that each local sports group list the international federations they are affiliated with.
White added the CNMI are required to list international sporting events, which the Commonwealth has hosted within the past 10 years. The list should include the name of the event, the year it was hosted, and number of participating countries or individuals/teams.
White said these and other valuable information might help show that the CNMI is capable of hosting the Pacific Mini Games.
Nine of the 11 sports listed above were played during the 2006 Micronesian Games, which Saipan hosted. Soccer/football was not on the list, but the CNMI had hosted a couple of regional events in the past 10 years, including the East Asian Football Confederation qualifying match. Sailing was also excluded in the 2006 Micro Games, but the Commonwealth had held races in the past decade.