Malaita Province hopes to host next SI Games
Malaita Province Premier Reuben Moli is leading a five-member delegation to Kirakira to bid for the fourth Solomon Games in 2008.
The delegates include Minister of Sport and Tourism Rose Anilabata, Chairman Ronnie Butala, Community Development and Human Resources, Nathan Maotai and Ms. Moli.
Five provinces: Malaita, Rennell and Bellona, Guadalcanal, Western and Choiseul are expected to present their bid to the Solomon Game Council that will take place this Saturday.
Malaita Province with the theme "Partnership in Sport" already completed its 19 page bid document and is ready for submission.
Speaking prior to their departure yesterday, Mr. Moli said his delegation is hopeful for a positive result from their bid document.
He said Malaita Province which has the biggest contingent participating in the game should be given the chance to host the next Solomon Games.
"Not only that but the province already has basic sport facilities that only needs improvement once we are given the honour," he said.
Malaita Province has basic sport facilities at Aligegeo, APS sport field, Aimela, Kilusakwalo, Ambu, Gwanuaru'u and Kilu'ufi.
"Added to these is we have bred a lot of good sport men and women and therefore we should be given the chance," he said.
Mr. Moli said the other advantage of the province is its location and access to transport and venues are more reliable.
He said his government together with his people fully supports the bid to host the next tournament.
"We see this as an opportunity in rebuilding peace among all citizens of the Solomon Islands.
"We know that various events happening in the country has pulled us out but we want to let all sister provinces know that we are prepared and committed to offer peaceful environment for everyone to enjoy sport," he added.
Malaita has the largest contingent of about 325 athletes plus officials participating in the Solomon Games.
The Solomon Games kick off on Tuesday after it was officially opened by RAMSI Special Coordinator, James Bartley.
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