Games Chairman issues message to Athletes

By Matai'a Lanuola Tusani T - Ah Tong 06 July 2019, 11:00PM

Thousands of athletes and officials across the Pacific ocean are in Samoa to witness and participate in the 2019 XVI Pacific Games. 

But before the opening of the official games or any medal is won, the Pacific Games Chairman and Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio had a few things he wanted to say.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Loau urged all the athletes competing in the 27 sports to be courageous and give it their all. 

“Nothing is impossible,” said the Chairman and Minister, who is a former Manu Samoa rugby player. 

“Each one of them represents their respective countries and it is important that they give it their best out on the field and not give up easily. 

“The games does not end when the events finishes. It will be something they will look back to over the years and for some it will also determine their future as athletes.”

While each athlete has their own inspiration to find strength during the next two weeks the results will reflect what they sow.  

Loau emphasised the importance of healthy lifestyle for all athletes to adhere to as they make their final preparations before game day. 

Samoa being the host country, the Minister is also urging the people of Samoa to be patriotic (lotonu’u) and stand together. 

He then used the quote made famous by the former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, to drive home the point that Samoa was counting on its athletes to succeed. 

“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,” he said.

He said Samoans are not new to hosting big events and he is comforted by the fact that “our contagious smiles and humour make the guests feel fuller”. 

Asked what can be expected at the opening ceremony on Sunday, the Chairman said it is definitely something that will take your breathe away. 

Loau is not giving out anything else other than that the performance will “wow” the crowd. 

He welcomes everyone that is in Samoa for the Games and wishes all the athletes well in their sports. 

By Matai'a Lanuola Tusani T - Ah Tong 06 July 2019, 11:00PM

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