Sport: Officials Expect the Samoa Games will grow

Officials are expecting more athletic federations will get behind the Samoa Games in years to come.

The revived event began yesterday Upolu, with competing athletes walking with authorities to the government structures in Apia and raising the flag before the official launching ceremony.

The Samoa Games have been revived after a decade-long absence.

The Samoa Games are revived following a decade-long lack. Photo: SASNOC

Athletics, archery and Pilates all got underway on day one and also the CEO of the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee, Fa’amausili Taiva Ah Young, said baseball, cricket and volleyball were one of the rest 11 sports starting today.

He explained boxing was a late withdrawal in rivalry, while swimming, swimming and rugby union are also not participate as they are competing in several regional and worldwide events in precisely the identical moment.

Athletes march through Apia ahead of the opening ceremony for the Samoa Games.

Trainers Rush through Apia ahead of the opening ceremony for its Samoa Games. Photo: SASNOC

Fa’amausili said as the Samoa Games increases the expectation is that some other national federations will leap on board.

“We have 38 Olympic sports that is registered with SASNOC so we’re attempting to encourage other federal fedations, which are Olympic sports, to also begin introducing that into schools and also to the neighborhood,” he explained.

“Fencing is one of them, They’re starting their championship tomorrow (Tuesday), which is a newcomer to Olympic sports in Samoa. It’s been encouraging to see a whole lot of individuals turn up to this in the march-past.”

“I believe being the first time that we’ve had Samoa Games today (in the previous ten years) some national federations aren’t searching and most probably next year we’ll see a lot more than just 14 sports participating today,” explained Fa’amausili.

“But the majority of these Olympic sports that is registered with SASNOC have tried to encourage sports in their locations.”

The Games will continue in Upolu before Thursday with 11 sports registered for Savai’i, which will be hosting their event weekly.