- Sports News : New Tongan administrators apply for rugby league membership [03/07/2020 - Tonga]
- Sports News : England coach Eddie Jones plans stunning raid for 'next All Blacks sensation' Hoskins Sotutu [03/07/2020 - United Kingdom]
- Business News : Niue completes ratification of PACER Plus agreement [03/07/2020 - Niue]
- Business News : Travel Bubble trouble – the options for Palau [03/07/2020 - Palau]
- Business News : World Bank strengthens partnership with the Federated States of Micronesia [03/07/2020 - Micronesia, Federated States of]
- Business News : Niue national budget address will be announced on Wednesday 08 July [03/07/2020 - Niue]
- Business News : Vanuatu exports - COVID-19 and extreme weather worry experts [03/07/2020 - Vanuatu]
- Business News : COVID-19 creates tough times for Kiribati’s world class tuna industry [03/07/2020 - Kiribati]
- News : Tonga opens border starting next week to repatriate stranded nationals in Fiji [03/07/2020 - Tonga]
- News : Palau’s envoy, Ngedikes Olai Uludong elected VP of UNGA [03/07/2020 - United States]
- News : Pacific Humanitarian Pathway unlocking borders to save lives during COVID-19 [03/07/2020 - Fiji]
- News : An estimate of USD$22 million for Pacific Humanitarian Pathway-COVID-19 [03/07/2020 - Fiji]
- Sponsored : Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC)
The COVID-19 restrictions did not prevent staff of the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) secretariat in Suva from celebrating Olympic Day.
In a joint-activation with the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC), they obtained clearance from the country’s COVID-19 Incident Management Team, to organise a team-building programme to portray this year’s themes of “Stay Active, Stay Healthy and Stay Strong”.
“It’s important to celebrate but even more critical to innovate on the day and it’s been interesting to observe what people have been able to do at home these last few months to to keep themselves fit and healthy,” ONOC President Dr Robin Mitchell told staff that had gathered at the Suva Lawn Tennis Courts for the event.
The message from IOC President Thomas Bach for Olympic Day was screened as part of the formalities, including remarks form FASANOC Secretary-General Lorraine Mar.
“Olympic Day is not only about celebrating the founding and values of the movement but it’s also about acknowledging the contribution that sport makes towards tackling and addressing social concerns within the society and communities we live in,” Secretary-General Mar said.
She said staff also need to celebrate and acknowledge each other for their contributions towards these efforts.
The one-hour program was facilitated by FASANOC’s Athlete Champions, who divided staff into five groups representing the five Olympic rings. The groups then competed in different activity stations. The first three groups to finish were awarded the gold, silver and bronze positions.
Events and VOA (Voices of the Athletes) Coordinator for FASANOC, Jeegar Bhavsar said the activation was designed to foster team bonding between the two organizations and to also promote the Olympic Day messages.
“Even though we were only given an hour for the program with strict COVID-19 conditions to adhere to, we achieved our objectives and the involvement of our champions exemplified our commitment to the Olympic values,” Bhavsar added.
ONOC Secretary-General Ric Blas said in his message for the day, that with COVID-19, things have really changed for Sports Administrators.
“It’s really important to just continue with what we’re doing for the Olympic movement and deliver our Olympic programmes, yet keeping it safe, healthy and secure for everyone,” Secretary-General Blas relayed from his home base in Guam.
SOURCE: ONOC MEDIA/PACNEWS
Pacific Islands News Association
Who & What is PINA?
International News Safety Institute (INSI)
Media Helping Media