March 30, 2022– Today NMI House Representatives we apprised of the NMI Pacific Mini Games 2022 progress in the NMSA Conference Room. NMI Representatives Christina Sablan, Leila Staffler, Sheila J. Babauta, Corina Magofna, John Paul Sablan, Joel C. Camacho, and Richard T. Lizama were in attendance as NMI PMG Chairman Marco Peter and CEO Ben Babauta provided updates on the largest event to ever take place in the NMI.
Also attending the briefing were NMPMG2022 Organizing Committee members Ray Tebuteb, Jack Sablan, and Nick Gross to answer any questions on the progress and updates.
Chair Peter welcomed the Representatives and provided updates on workforce and venue refurbishments for the NMIPMG2022. “We have two separate teams simultaneously working on the baseball field to make sure it gets done in time and we also broke ground last week, clearing the land behind the track to add another parking lot,” said Chairman Peter.
CEO Babauta presented an overview of the games which included a history of NMI’s hosting journey and reported the NMIPMG Organizing Committee’s planning preparation and implementation progress, and the plans moving ahead.
“I want to thank the NMI Representatives who attended this briefing and I’m pleased the NMPMG2022 has received support from our legislative body,” said CEO Babauta.
CEO Babauta urged NMI House Representatives to work directly with NMPMG Marketing and Communications team to establish the Adopt-A-Nation program. The program allows for a village to adopt a different participating country. The PMG is the perfect opportunity for our NMI people to learn about of the different cultures and customs of participating countries while bonding over a shared Olympic spirit,’ stated CEO Babauta.
Thank you to the Office of the Governor – Youth Affairs Office, especially to Special Assistant, Ali T. Ogo, and Youth Representative, Randall Pangelinan, for Rising Up To The Challenge and assigning over 20 staff to assist with Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games 2022!
We are so grateful to have the much-needed help with staffing here at the NMPMG2022 Office. With all hands on deck, it is now full steam ahead, as there are only 80 days until the opening ceremony!
Chairman of the Pacific Mini Games Organizing Committee
Secretaries-General of the Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) are set to visit the CNMI in honor of the first ever Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games 2022 on Saturday, March 12, 2022.
The ONOC, an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, leads the Olympic movement in the Oceanic region fostering the Olympism values of excellence, friendship, and respect while promoting sport, culture and education with a view to build a better world. The Pacific Games Council works collaboratively with ONOC as its membership composition is very similar.
Hosted by the Northern Marianas Sports Association in partnership with the NMPMG2022 Organizing Committee, the ONOC Secretaries-General and about 30 delegates from various member federations will be participating in the Pacific Mini Games activities. Activities will include a logistics presentation, touring the venues and facilities, and a Q&A session.
Delegates attending will include ONOC members from the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, members from the Guam National Olympic Committee (GNOC), and members from the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (ORADO).
The Northern Marianas is looking forward to host our guests from Oceania! We can’t wait to show them the amazing Pacific Mini Games that we have in store!