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PORT VILA, 06 DECEMBER 2017 (ONOC) --- Officials that have been part of many regional and international games have hailed the opening of the 10th Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu a success and spectacular.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member, Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) vice-president and Palau Minister for Cultural Affairs -Baklai Temengil was overwhelmed with the Opening Ceremony.
“I think the opening was very spectacular.
“We appreciate when there is a traditional and cultural show that’s included in these games particularly when the performance of the artists were both traditional and the young people with their more modern performance.
“But one thing that really caught my attention is the number of women performers. It was just phenomenal, I mean there were a lot of smiles, I think most of them were mothers, grand-mothers, aunties.
“They really made the whole atmosphere, expectations great, the hospitality, warmth and the great love of the people of Vanuatu just made it wonderful.
“The fire dance, I’ve never seen a fire dance with so many young people participating and bringing the local village groups to be part of this programme is really good.
“I congratulate the Vanuatu Games Organising Committee, the Government and the Pacific Games Council and partners for bringing back the games to our people can enjoy the games.
“The atmosphere was electrifying, the space and the arrangement was very flexible, there was beautiful weather with the moon coming up, I didn’t feel there wasn’t any crowd pressure there. And the volunteers, they did a great job too,” said Temengil.
Papua New Guinea’s Chef de Mission and former chair of the 2015 Pacific Games, Emma Waiwai also praised the opening ceremony.
“I think from a Mini Games standard, Vanuatu did really, really, well.
I was very impressed; our team was also very impressed. I think we’ll go away with very good memories of the opening ceremony,” Waiwai said.
President of Vanuatu Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (VASANOC) Antoine Boudier said the opening ceremony brought the people of Vanuatu like never before.
“I’ve been receiving very good reports and comments about the opening.
“I’ve received comments from Europe because the opening was televised to a worldwide audience,” Boudier said.
The VASANOC president is optimistic of delivering a lasting legacy for Vanuatu at these games.... PACNE
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