The Guam National Olympic Committee’s Medical and Anti-Doping Commission finalized the National Anti-Doping Commission (NADO) Anti-Doping rules in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Code. The WADA compliance and rules take effect on January 1, 2021.
GNOC encourages all member National Federations and athletes to read through the document in order to comply with the WADA Code.
In light of the continuing COVID-19 situation and in consultation with the 22 member Pacific Games Associations, the Pacific Games Council has agreed to the request of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Governor, the Hon. Ralph Torres, and the host PGA, the Northern Marianas Sports Association, to defer the 11th Pacific Mini Games until 17-25th June 2022.
Earlier this year, the original dates of June 2021 were effectively rendered inoperable by the rescheduling of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The PGC then requested that the hosts in CNMI consider a December 2021 timeframe for the Games. However, the schools and associated infrastructure required to accommodate, feed and transport the athletes, will still be required for education purposes at that time, with the CNMI education calendar aligned to that in the U.S.
The PGC and its membership is therefore proud to support the CNMI in their ambition to host their first ever Pacific Mini Games in June 2022, notwithstanding the many challenges of COVID-19 and 2018’s Super Typhoon Yutu, which have damaged the CNMI economy.
President Vidhya Lakhan said, “Iwish to personally thank Governor Torres for his continued support for the CNMI hosting their first ever Pacific Mini Games in 2022, despite the economic and health challenges posed by the pandemic. The member Pacific Games Associations stand ready to support these Games in 2022 and we all wish the CNMI the best of luck as it deals with the challenges we are all facing at this time”.
HAGATNA, 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES)—Pacific Games 3×3 basketball gold medalist Seve Susuico has been given a key role by the Guam Basketball Confederation (GBC). He has been appointed as the 3×3 programme director with the brief of promoting and developing the sport in the Western Pacific island territory.
Susuico, 35, captained Guam’s team that won the first Pacific Games 3×3 gold medal in Apia in Samoa when they beat Fiji 20-18 in the final. The sport is due to make its Olympic debut at the re-arranged Games in Tokyo next year. “The goal is to establish ourselves as true contenders in the region and that will start with the community and developing our youth, men’s and women’s programs. The potential is there. We just have to keep moving forward. Bringing more education about the game of 3×3 to the sports community here and creating a positive atmosphere for our athletes.” said Susuico.
Susuico was appointed to his new role by GBC President EJ Calvo. “I have been blessed enough to have played in international competitions across the world and have seen the talent and the gameplay from all different counties. Every county has their style of play and I know Guam will evolve with time and create our ways to succeed in 3×3. I could see other countries supporting their players and federations. I would like to see that kind of support from our Government as well. Programme-wise, I would like to see more venues to play the sport and also support for our national programme to travel and compete and express ourselves through sport.” Susuico said.
Susuico hopes to begin developing a grassroots programme for the sport in Guam. “It is an honor to be able to be in a position to change the game of basketball here in Guam for the positive. By establishing the foundation of what works for us in the game of 3×3, we can develop and evolve into where we want to see our players, standing on the podium with our flag rising high.” he said.
The GNOC OSEP MISO course opened with a summary of week four’s activities by Joey Miranda III. Topics from week four included the debates on events and facilities management. He closed the summary requesting for all participants to submit their assigned work.
Miranda covered the Readiness Assessment Tool outlining the eight pillars of the on-line program. Thereafter, breakout sessions by Miranda and Melanie Torre covered questions pertaining to each pillar. After the breakout session a group discussion ensued on the topics with a focus on marketing, uniforms, governance, and human resources.
OSEP Executive Director Sainimili Saukuru and Zone 1 Regional Master Educator Jubilee Kuartei joined the session along with ONOC Secretary-General Ricardo Blas who provided background information on past occurrences with regards to the topics.
The e-OSEP course by Miranda with the assistance of Saukuru and Kuartei. The group advised the participants that the Guam NOC course will be held during the first quarter of 2021.
Torre summarized the day’s activities through an open group discussion where participants provided feedback on the course. After completing the summary, Miranda requested for everyone to fill out the participants evaluation form and email it back to GNOC upon completion.
Miranda reminded the participants that he will continue working with them until they are able to complete the assigned tasks and closed out the final session, thanking all who participated in the first ever MISO OSEP on-line course.
Miranda opened the week 4 activities with reviewing the previous week’s discussion. Thereafter, the group began with Module 5: Event and facility management. The program involved a debate on two topics. Statement 1: National Federations should partner with GNOC to jointly manage sports facilities with the Government. Statement 2: Athletes must coordinate an event to raise funds for an off-island competition”. Participants were divided into four groups with each group having to choose a leader and a scriber as well as providing their insights on their assigned task, affirmative or negative.
The participants went into the respective breakout rooms to discuss their insights and strategies. Thereafter, the debate ensued as the moderator provided logistical information. Many interesting points were provided by both sides on each topic of which differing opinions were discussed during the group session held after. President Rick Blas provided a history on both subject matters and the debate concluded with insights from Master Educators Tara Tydingco and Melanie Torre.
Miranda then discussed the assigned work on submittal of National Championship rules and regulations, Team selection criteria, team management and oversight by the Guam National Athletes Commission for the upcoming quadrennial. Thereafter, he provided an insight on the final week’s topics of the Readiness Assessment Tool (RAT) and e-OSEP curriculum.