BY ROMULUS HUTA
PRESIDENT of the Pacific Games Council (PGC) Vidhya Lakhan will arrive in Honiara today on an important Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) assignment.
National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI) President Martin Rara confirmed to SunSPORTS yesterday.
Rara said Lakhan will be here over the next couple of days to conduct important meetings with the newly-appointed NOCSI Executive Board and the national federations.
Rara explained that one of the important areas put up on the agenda for discussion is the review of the NOCSI constitution.
A workshop for Team Solomons members will also be held. The one-day workshop is purposely to gather information and ideas from relevant sporting bodies to the cause of establishing a policy framework for Team Solomons.
Basically, the framework policy is to safeguard the competitive interest of Team Solomons, according to Rara.
The President added that Lakhan’s meeting with the NOCSI Executive Board is scheduled for Friday; the constitutional review will take place on Saturday, while the workshop for Team Solomons involving all national federations is fixed for Sunday.
All meetings are scheduled to take place inside the Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation (SIRUF) conference room at Town Ground Plaza.
Rara stressed that this will be the first time for Lakhan to officially meet the members of the newly-appointed NOCSI Executive Board since assuming their roles recently.
The new NOCSI Executive Board comprises Rara as President, Aldrin Bekala (Vice-President) and Fujiyama Naouki as Treasurer. Members include Morris Maitaki, Adrian Tuhanuku, Michael Chan, Shalom Akao-Waita, Francis Manioru and Lysa Wini.
Regarding the workshop for Team Solomons, an invitation was sent to all national federations on Monday by the NOCSI Chief Executive Officer Melinda Avosa.
Ms Avosa said the Team Solomons workshop scheduled for Sunday for national federations is compulsory and all must attend.
“It is compulsory that you all will come prepared to attend this important meeting. On another important matter, please send any representative on your behalf if you are not able to attend for some good reasons.”
Following the conclusion of the series of meetings with NOCSI on Sunday, the Games Council President will stay on for the next few days where he is expected to meet with Pacific Games 2023 Taskforce.
The PG2023 Secretariat confirms that a meeting will be held with Lahkan next week. Details are yet to be finalised.
Lahkan will leave the country for Fiji next week.
Basic details of NOCSI meeting with the PGC President
Saturday 17 February: 8.30am to 5pm (Good Governance – Constitution Review)
Sunday 18 February: 9am to 5pm: (Team Solomons Workshop – Policy framework)
Venue: SIRUF conference room.