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Nauru to host Micronesian Games

Nauru has been confirmed as the host of the 2026 Micronesia Games by the Micronesian Games Council.

The council met virtually and voted unanimously on the Nauru National Olympic Committee’s bid to host the Games. The bid is supported by the Nauru Government, who will have four years to prepare for the quadrennial event.

Nauru now plans to build a new athletics stadium, similar to the infrastructure being built in Majuro for the 2022 Micronesian Games.

President Lionel Aingimea said Micronesian countries ought to share the Games around within its membership and thanked the vision of the Micronesian Games Council members.

He said Nauru looked forward to welcoming the athletes of Micronesia to her shores.

The Micronesian Games in 2018 when Guam hosted the event. Nauru has been confirmed as the host of the 2026 Micronesia Games by the Micronesian Games Council. Picture: Micronesian Games Council

Minister for Sports Maverick Eoe was responsible for pushing for the bid to host the Games. He has big plans to build relevant and much-needed sporting infrastructure for the 2026 Games.

He said the most important thing was leaving a legacy for the future of the athletes to boost their training performances.

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“It is really an exciting time for our athletes and the Government will ensure that the athletes are looked after. It is all about the athletes,” Mr Eoe said.

Shotput action from the 2018 Micronesian Games. Nauru has been confirmed as the host of the 2026 Micronesia Games by the Micronesian Games Council. Picture: Micronesia Games Council

The Nauru Olympic Committee president and current Speaker of Parliament Marcus Stephen said Nauru is very keen to host the next Micronesian Games.

“We will be discussing the sports to be hosted on the island along with other requirements of the Council,” he said.

“All competition facilities are within walking distance or a five to ten minute drive. We are all excited about what is ahead of us.

“There will be challenges but I am confident we can deliver a Games that our athletes in Micronesia will remember.”

Mr Stephen expressed his appreciation to the Republic of the Marshall Islands as the host of the 2022 Games, having paved the way for the southern islands in the archipelago to seek the opportunity to host the Games.

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