The Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club were presented with $30,000 by the Chinese Embassy at a handover ceremony last Thursday evening.
Club President Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio received the donation from Ambassador Wang Xuefeng, at an event which celebrated the club’s recent triumph at the Auckland Marist Samoa 7’s tournament in New Zealand.
Xuefeng praised the achievements of both the club and Samoa’s wider rugby community.
“There is no denying that Marist St Joseph’s Sports has been playing an important role in consistently promoting rugby sports in Samoa.”
He/she said the Chinese Embassy has enjoyed supporting the Samoa Rugby Union and Marist Sports Club.
“There is a famous slogan in China: ‘develop sports and build up the people’s health’.”
“We’ve always attached importance not only to the sports development for Chinese people, but also to cooperate with other countries in sports.”
Xuefeng also spoke about China’s contributions toward Samoa’s hosting of the Pacific Games next year.
“As Samoa’s true, lasting friend, China has been supporting Samoa’s sports development in various forms, such as building venues, providing facilities and technical support.
“Due to the limited time, many concerned departments in China have been mobilised urgently to make concerted efforts for the preparation work for the Pacific Games.”
He closed by wishing the Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club and wider sports community luck for the future.
“We sincerely wish Samoa will win as many medals as possible in the games.”