Acting Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, opened the 29th Vailima Marist Sevens and Marist International Sports Week on a wet Wednesday morning.
Fiame, who is also the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, was joined by other Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials to welcome the participants of the week long event.
In addressing the athletes, Fiamē congratulated Marist St. Joseph’s Club on the initiative for the first International Sports Week.
She also encouraged the Club to persevere with its nationwide efforts to develop sports in Samoa.
The week-long festivities will feature sports such as rugby league, touch rugby, netball and boxing, with the main event being the Vailima Marist International Sevens tournament.
“This is part of the Club’s bigger purpose, to aid our sports athletes, officials and administrators to achieve the goals that they have set,” the Club’s President, Faimalo Mathew Lemisio said.
The International Sports week will start with the Fight For Marist II and culminate with the Rugby 7’s next Saturday.
“Considering Samoa’s competitive involvement in the region and on the international fronts through some sports that the club is involved with, the notion to have five sports celebrated in the week-long festivity is a step in the right direction.”