8th Micro Games Venue Updates

8th Micro Games Venue Updates


Welcome back to another day here in beautiful
Pohnpei! Kaselelehlia! I’m Jun Salomon reporting in
from MBC bringing you another official update on the venues our Micro Game Olympians will
be competing on for the 8th Micronesian Games this summer 2014!
But before I go ahead with the updates, the Pohnpei Public Health Services is taking every
precaution necessary to inform the public. Measles or in Pohnpeian “Soumwau Aska.” After
interviewing and confirming with 2 Public Health staff members, who requested to be
anonymous, they said that there were 4 out of 5 specimens that were tested positive in
the Hawaii Public Health Laboratory. Pohnpei is now the 2nd State in the FSM, after the
State of Kosrae, to experience this outbreak. So just a precaution to anyone who is planning
on visiting Pohnpei — please make sure you have been immunized by taking the Measles,
Mumps, and Rubella shot or the MMR shot. Keep in mind that the MMR shot takes about 8 days
for the medication to take full effect. We will have more information on the measle outbreak
on our next video update. Now getting back to what everyone is waiting
for: The Official Venue Update! The PIC’s Track and Field is where the Opening, Athletics
and Soccer Competitions, and Closing Ceremonies will take place. The renovations are well
underway! This week Australian Contractors are expected to arrive to apply the finishing
touches to the track, according to Architect Mr. Ryan Roque from Pohnpei States Office
of Transportation and Infrastructure. And right next to the PICS Track and Field
is the PICS Gymnasium where it will host the Volleyball Tournaments. Roofing, flooring,
and other renovations are still needed to be done. Mr. Roque is tirelessly on and off
each venue making sure that they are up to speed with the tentative schedule they are
following. As of today, Pohnpei’s Volley Team, both Men’s and Women’s, are practicing at
the Pohnpei State College of Micronesia Campus Gymnasium. Lead by Head Coach Joses Gallen,
Head Coach Gallen is very confident in Pohnpei’s Volley Ball Team this year. There is one individual
who stands out among most of the 1st time Micro Game Olympians. And his name is Bennet Edmund.
Hailing from Nett, this young volleyball star has a great potential and a good head start
into his volley ball legacy. Driving a couple miles back and you will end
up at the Tennis Courts and Swimming Pool in Nan Pepper. And MBC was able to set foot
on the last days before the “Turn-Over” Ceremony held by the Governor of Pohnpei State — the
Honorable John Ehsa and the Lt. Governor of Pohnpei State — the Honorable Marcelo Peterson.
For those of you who don’t know, Marcelo Peterson is the 2014 Micro Games Preparation Coordinating
Committee Chair. Today, the completion of the tennis courts is enough to give major
energy boosts to most of the fiercest Tennis Players that Micronesia has to yet offer!
We managed to get a few words in an email from Pohnpei State’s Webmaster who participated at the ceremony, and also an MBC Committee
Member, Mr. Herold Ocampo. Mr. Ocampo wrote saying “…Well (,) watching the (Governor)
and the (Lt. Governor) made me feel excited about the games (.) (But) more importantly
the expressions on their faces and everyone there, somehow tells me that we are ready
for the games. (It) felt like everybody had the look on their faces that (said),”BRING
IT (ON) MICRO-GAMES”. (All) the excitement had me feeling very confident about our very
own athletes, Team Pohnpei! (Even) though most of the venues are yet to be completed,
the ceremony symbolizes that we are progressively moving forward.” Word’s cannot express how
much I agree with you, Mr. Ocampo! And just watching some of Pohnpei’s Tennis All-Stars, like Midion
“J.R.” Neth, and Dion “Jun” Neth led by Head Coach Dr. Bryan Isaac, I can already know
where these guys are playing because of the many scuff marks left behind every acing serve!
Taking a walk up to the Swimming Pool, you you can see that there is really nothing much
to say about this venue except that it is fully equipped and ready to handle our aqua-Olympians!
We had an opportunity to ask this year’s Swimming Swimming Competition Manager Conrad Kohrs about the
newly installed and fully operational, second best system in the world: It is called the Championship Start system that they will be using during the Olympic event and this is what he had to say. Going back to Spanish Wall, here we see the venue in full use day-in and day-out. This
time we managed to capture a couple shots from Pohnpei’s Women’s Softball Team. These
ladies are constantly on the field practicing and making good use of the field. Light bulbs have
been changed, scoreboard is up, and a few more minor renovations are needed for this
venue to be fully operational. Heading back out into the country side to
the venue that will host a majority of the Olympic Competitions — is the College of
Micronesia National Campus Gymnasium. At the Practice court is where Table Tennis, Wrestling, and
Weightlifting will take place. And at the Main court is where the Basketball Competition will take place. Minor renovations are still underway, but for this update, we’ll
be looking into Table Tennis and Basketball. Pohnpei’s Table Tennis Athletes have been practicing almost
every day from 5-7PM according to Head Coach Bernis Diopulos. We managed to get a few clips
of 2nd time Micro Game Olympian who first debuted at the Palau Micro Games in 2010;
who also walked away with 3rd place in the Women’s Singles and 2nd place in the Women’s
Doubles: Ms. Elnie Madaky; and 1st time Micro Game Olympian, Ms. Misseleen John. They are
both Student Athletes, both hailing from Kapinga Village in Pohnpei, and are attending the College of
Micronesia. Big ups to you ladies and good luck in this year’s Micro Games!
This is the most exciting part of my day touring the Venues and arguably the most anticipated
gaming event of the Micro Games — the Basketball Competition. We have returning all stars and
big names in Pohnpei’s Basketball Community like Cassidy Shoniber, William Hawley, Jr.,
and up-and-coming Pohnpei Stars like Lloyd Yamada, Michael Mallarme, Jaime Saberna, Kelly
Tobin, and more! They practice 2 hours a day almost every day every week preparing for
the Micro Games. The team is led by Pohnpei’s Former Basketball All-Stars: Head Coach Benjamin
“Benji” Peterson and Assistant Coach Loatis “Latis” Seneres. After watching last night’s
basketball practice, I can only say that Pohnpei Men’s Basketball Team are solid this year! This all the time we have for you now. For more information and updates, you can find
us on our official website! Click on your search bar and type in “www.microgames.fm”
or our webpage created by the Pohnpei State Government in support of 8MGOC and MBC. If
you have any questions in regards to the Micro Games, especially any media company’s looking
to get accredited in this summer’s events; you can contact us through our website or
call our hotline at (691) 320-3266. Again, contact us on our website or call our hotline
at (691) 320-3266. This hotline is where any interested volunteers can call to find out
how to volunteer! MBC is currently looking for media volunteers. If you are interest,
again, contact us on our website or call our hotline! Don’t forget to like us on our facebook page and follow
us on our youtube channel. Thank you for tuning into MBC for your official update on the upcoming
8th Micro Games. I’m Jun Salomon. Until next time — Kaselehlie!

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