Marist promises bigger, better Sports Festival

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OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MARIST SPORTS WEEK: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Chinese Ambassador to Samoa His Excellency Mr. Wang Xuefeng receiving a cup of Ava during the Marist International Sevens Launch

OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MARIST SPORTS WEEK: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Chinese Ambassador to Samoa His Excellency Mr. Wang Xuefeng receiving a cup of Ava during the Marist International Sevens Launch

The Marist Sports Club is promising a bigger and better feast of sports activities next month when the Club kicks off the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Marist International Sevens tournament.

The occasion will also see the second installment of the Marist St. Joseph’s International Sports Festival, kicking off with the netball tournament on 8 February and culminating with the Sevens competition on Saturday 17 February 2018.

The events were officially launched on Friday night at Hotel Tanoa Tusitala, Sogi.

President of Rugby League Samoa and member of the Marist St. Joseph’s Sport’s Club, Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su’a, welcomed and greeted guests and sponsors.

A prayer was conducted by Father Mika followed by a traditional Ava Ceremony.

The Patron of Marist St. Joseph’s Sports Club and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, congratulated the organisers and spoke about the importance of the event.

Guests and Members, Fa’amaoni Lalomilo, Laulu Taefu, Renate Rivers and Fata Brian Kaio.
Guests and Members, Fa’amaoni Lalomilo, Laulu Taefu, Renate Rivers and Fata Brian Kaio.

He highlighted that one of the most challenging aspects about sports development today, especially for small countries, is finance. Tuilaepa said despite the struggles, the government will consider a financial injection for the event.

This was music to the ears of President of the Marist Sports Club, Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio, who kindly acknowledged the support received from the government for the past 30 years. 

Marist International Sevens tournament Director, Fata Brian Kaio, concluded the formalities by drawing the teams for the Sevens tournament, which for the first time will include a women and men’s team from China.

The Ambassador of China to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, was among the guests at the event.

A mass next Sunday at the Carmelites Monastery in Vailima will kick off the events.

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