Six provinces confirmed so far for Solomon Games
By Taromane Martin
WESTERN Province will not be part of the 7th Solomon Games to be hosted in Rennell and Bellona province next month.
Chairman for the 2018 Renbel Solomon Games Mr Golden Kiloko confirmed Western Province has withdrawn their participation from the games that is set to run from November 26 to December 7.
While disappointed, the Chairman said they respect the decision and called on other provincial associations to continue their preparations, wishing them all the best of luck.
“This is to officially inform that Western Provincial Sports Association (WPSA) had advised that they had decided to withdraw their participation at the Solomon Game due to unforeseen circumstances,” he said.
“We respect their rights and decision and would like to wish WPSA all the best and hope to see them participate in the next Solomon Game.
Kiloko in the meantime, called on all Provincial Sports Associations (PSA) to work with their National Federations (NF) to finalize and confirm the total number in each of their contingents.
“Reminder for PSA to liaise with national federations to finalize your entry by sports and numbers.
“National Federations are strongly advised to adhere to the minimum and maximum number of sports or events entries especially for NFs that will select their Honiara based athletes or sports to represent a particular PSA.
“National federations need to cross check with the PSA to make sure your sports or events are endorsed by PSA before we approve to be hosted in the game.
“PSA and NFs are important stakeholders of this game and would like to sincerely thank you for your support and preparation work in getting your sport(s) and provincial athletes to participate at the upcoming Solomon Game in RenBel,” Mr Kiloko said.
Meanwhile Vice Chairman Mr Nick Hatigeva confirmed six provinces have so far confirmed their participation for the games next month.
Mr Hatigeva said they are just waiting on three more provinces to confirm their participation.
“Malaita and Guadalcanal provinces have confirmed their participation for the upcoming games now taking the number of entries of participating provinces including Honiara to six.
“We are waiting on Makira, Temotu, and Central provinces for a full house,” Haitgeva said.
The previous edition of the Solomon Games was hosted in Honiara in 2016.